Nasal Flu Vaccine Approved for Use in Canada

By Tyler Sutherland

NAPA, CA - OCTOBER 02:  A man receives a flu vaccine nasal mist as he sits in his car during a drive-thru flu shot clinic October 2, 2009 in Napa, California. The County of Napa Public Health Department held the one of eight scheduled drive-thru flu shot clinics where seasonal flu shots will be given for free to anyone who attends in an effort to vaccinate as many people in Napa County as possible before the start of the flu season.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The next time you go for your flu shot, you may just receive nasal spray instead of a needle.

Health Canada has approved the nasal vaccine to be distributed by the maker AstraZeneca Canada.

FluMist is approved for the prevention of seasonal influenza in Canadians aged two to 59-years-old.

The main advantage to the nasal spray is not dealing with a needle if the person receiving the vaccine is squeamish. However, the nasal method may lead to flu symptoms in children, such as a runny nose or sore throat.

The new method isn’t to be used on people with weakened immune systems, underlying medical conditions, or pregnant women.

The U.S. has been using the spray since 2003.


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