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H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccines (cont.)

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Who should receive more than one dose of the vaccine influenza A (H1N1) 2009 monovalent vaccine (live, intranasal spray)?

Individuals older than 10 years of age should receive a single shot while children nine years old and younger may require two shots one month apart. Injectable H1N1 vaccine may be adminstered to pregnant or breastfeeding women and also may be administered with other vaccines.

What is the influenza A (H1N1) 2009 monovalent vaccine (live, intranasal spray)?

The nasal spray vaccine is made with live, weakened viruses that cannot grow at normal body temperature. The H1N1 nasal spray vaccine is manufactured by MedImmune in the same way as the seasonal nasal spray vaccine (Flumist), but instead of containing three weakened live flu viruses, it contains weakened 2009 H1N1 flu virus.

Who should and should not receive the influenza A (H1N1) 2009 monovalent vaccine (live, intranasal spray)?

Intranasal flu vaccine is used for prevention of the flu caused by H1N1 virus in healthy individuals 2 to 49 years of age. It should not be administered to people younger than 2 years or older than 50 years; pregnant women; those with chronic illnesses (for example, chronic heart or lung disease, diabetes or kidney failure); people with reduced immune function, or taking medications that weaken the immune system; and individuals allergic to chicken eggs or any of the components of the vaccine.

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