How effective is the nasal-spray seasonal flu vaccine LAIV (FluMistÂ®)?
In one large study among children aged 15-85 months, the seasonal nasal-spray flu vaccine LAIV (FluMistÂ®) reduced the chance of influenza illness by 92% compared with placebo. In a study among adults, the participants were not specifically tested for influenza. However, the study found 19% fewer severe febrile respiratory tract illnesses, 24% fewer respiratory tract illnesses with fever, 23-27% fewer days of illness, 13-28% fewer lost work days, 15-41% fewer health care provider visits, and 43-47% less use of antibiotics compared with placebo. Continue reading →
The seasonal flu shot is a “trivalent” vaccine, which means it contains three influenza viruses. Although the individual strains vary each year, the types of strains selected for the vaccine usually consist of an influenza A strain, an H1N1 strain (not the pandemic 2009 strain) and an influenza B strain. In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration also approved a “monovalent,” or single strain, vaccine designed exclusively to combat the pandemic H1N1 strain. Continue reading →
Immunizations are vital for infants. At this point, their bodies canâ€™t survive different conditions compared to adults so these vaccinations are vital for their health needs. Infants need to receive numerous vaccinations depending on their age like 2 month vaccinations. The following are some of the 2 month vaccinations an infant must receive at this age as well as the medical problems that they prevent. Continue reading →