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klhleung asks:
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Who should get the flu mist vs. the flu shot?

Can someone advise the pros and cons on them? My daughter - age 5 - has serious peanut allergy and asthma. My son - age 2 - has not been tested. Should I avoid flu mist for them? Thanks.
In Topics: Physical Health
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Wayne Yankus
Oct 5, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

With the "seasonal" flu both vaccines can be given to children with peanut allergy. The only exception are those who have a severe egg allergy.  The FluMist is a weaker live virus and the injectable vaccine is a killed virus. Children with asthma, chronic diseases, heart disease etc...should receive the injectable influenza vaccine.  The rules for H1N1 or swine flu vary in how asthmatics are approached.  The best advice is to call your child's doctor and ask what she would recommend for your children.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics
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