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Old 12-15-2004, 12:57 PM   #1 (permalink)

They have been playing radio ads for a local health clinic offering a "Flumist" vaccine. I'd never heard of it so I decided to do a little bit of research on if it would be a good idea to take. I found this Usenet post from last year that claims:

The most common side effects include "cough, runny nose/nasal congestion, irritability, headaches, chills, muscle aches and fever > 100 F.


In addition to shedding via nasal secretions, the virus can be dispersed through sneezing. What is the normal physiological response when an irritant enters the nasal passages? A sneeze.sometimes a big sneeze.sometimes several big sneezes. Therefore, the risk for shedding-and spreading-live iruses throughout a school, church, workplace, or store - especially one which is administering the vaccine.
This sounds to me like its just giving you sick with a mild flu with the hope that you wont get it again this year.

Have any of you guys taken Flumist? Did you get sick? We dont really have any shots to go around but I want to get protection. This just sounds like to much of a pain to go through.
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Old 12-15-2004, 08:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The hospital I work at gave out the FluMist to healthcare providors under the age of 50 (that's me! ). It felt a little strange having some fluid squirted up your nose, but there were no other side effects. No fever, chills, cough, runny nose, headache or muscle aches. In all, I think the FluMist is a safe and effective method for being vaccinated against the flu.
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Old 12-15-2004, 08:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I got it last year and didn't have any problems with it. I didn't get the flu either, but I rarely get that.
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Old 12-15-2004, 09:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
Location: Lincoln
Same here, no ill effects; seemed perfectly harmless and I didn't get sick. Isn't the idea of the flu vacine that you are getting a mild dose of the virus to help build up your immune system? I'd think that the possibility of getting sick exists with any method.
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Old 12-16-2004, 05:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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(I opened this thread because I was wondering what fluming was, and assumed that a flumist is a person who flumes. Nevermind...)
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