What’s Ailing You: Flu mist vs. shot

A Norwalk mother and daughter who just got vaccinated want to know how the flu mist differs from the flu shot. While doctors with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say this year's vaccine

News 12 Staff

Dec 5, 2014, 4:28 AM

Updated 3,479 days ago

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A Norwalk mother and daughter who just got vaccinated want to know how the flu mist differs from the flu shot.
While doctors with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say this year's vaccine isn't considered a match for the most dominant strain of flu, they still recommend getting vaccinated to protect against other strains.
New studies show that the nasal spray vaccine works particularly well in children ages 2 to 8. Researchers found that the mist prevented 50 percent more flu cases than the flu shot in that age group.
As for older kids and adults, doctors say the shot and mist work equally well.
Dr. Douglas Olsen, of Norwalk Community Health Center, says unlike the flu shot, which is dead vaccine, the flu mist is a live vaccine. He says as a result, it can cause some symptoms in the nasal area.
Olsen and others say it is a myth that a flu vaccine can give you a full-blown case of the flu. They say you may react to the shot and feel a little ill, however.
News 12 Connecticut wants to know, "What's Ailing You." You ask the medical question and we'll work to find you an expert's answer. Send your questions by way of Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #WhatsAilingYou.


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