H1N1 Vaccine: Live, Attenuated Intranasal Spray (cont.)
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- What is the nasal spray swine flu vaccine?
- How is the 2009 H1N1 swine flu nasal spray vaccine different from the seasonal nasal spray vaccine?
- Who can be vaccinated with the 2009 H1N1 swine flu nasal-spray flu vaccine (LAIV)?
- Can health care providers get the live attenuated influenza vaccine?
- Who should not be vaccinated with the 2009 H1N1 nasal-spray flu vaccine LAIV?
- Should the nasal-spray flu vaccine be given to patients with chronic diseases other than those specifically listed above?
- Are there any contraindications to giving breastfeeding mothers the 2009 H1N1 swine flu vaccine?
- Can pregnant women be in contact with someone who has gotten the nasal spray swine flu vaccine (LAIV)?
- Can the nasal-spray swine flu vaccine be given to patients when they are ill?
- Can people receiving the nasal-spray swine flu vaccine LAIV pass the vaccine viruses to others?
- Can contacts of people with weakened immune systems get the nasal-spray swine flu vaccine?
- What side effects are associated with the nasal-spray swine flu vaccine?
- How effective is the nasal-spray seasonal flu vaccine?
- When should the 2009 H1N1 nasal-spray flu vaccine be given?
- How many doses of nasal spray vaccine are needed?
- Can people who got the flu shot last year get the nasal-spray flu vaccine LAIV this year?
- Can the nasal-spray swine flu vaccine be given at the same time as other vaccines?
- Can the 2009 H1N1 nasal spray vaccine and the seasonal nasal spray vaccine be given at the same time to the same person?
- Can the nasal-spray swine flu vaccine be used together with influenza antiviral medications?
- If a child under the age of 9 years is getting seasonal influenza vaccine for the first time and requires 2 doses, does the same type of vaccine have to be used for both doses?
- How is the nasal-spray flu vaccine stored?
- Can health care workers who cannot receive the nasal spray vaccine (e.g., pregnant women, older adults, persons with chronic medical conditions) administer this vaccine to others?
- What personal protective equipment is recommended for health care workers who are giving the 2009 H1N1 nasal spray vaccine?
- Does the nasal spray flu vaccine contain thimerosal?
- Can the nasal spray flu vaccine give you the flu?
- Who makes the nasal spray vaccine?
When should the 2009 H1N1 nasal-spray flu vaccine be given?
Flu vaccination should begin as soon as vaccine is available and continue throughout the influenza season, into December, January, and beyond. By early October 2009, extensive 2009 H1N1 flu activity was being reported in the United States. It's possible that there may be waves of 2009 H1N1 activity during the 2009-2010 flu season that hit communities more than once over the course of the influenza season, which typically peaks in January or February but can last as late as May.
How many doses of nasal spray vaccine are needed?
In adults, only one dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine, including the 2009 H1N1 nasal spray vaccine, is needed for protection.
All children 2 through 9 years of age getting a 2009 H1N1 vaccine will need two doses of 2009 H1N1 vaccine (either the 2009 H1N1 flu shot or the 2009 H1N1 nasal spray vaccine), The first dose should being given as soon as vaccine becomes available. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose. The first dose "primes" the immune system; the second dose provides immune protection. Children who only get one dose of vaccine when they need two doses may have reduced or no protection. Be sure to follow up to get your child a second dose if they need one. It usually takes about two weeks after the second dose for protection to begin.
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