Study looks at both flu shot and nasal spray vaccines - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/23/09

Study looks at both flu shot and nasal spray vaccines

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A new study suggests age may determine the best way to get a flu vaccination.  The study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests adults are better protected against the seasonal flu with a shot, instead of the nasal spray.

"They both prevent influenza, but in our studies of healthy adults, the injected vaccine worked better than the nasal spray vaccine," said Arnold Monto, M.D., from the University of Michigan.

They found that adults have lived long enough to have already been exposed to different flu strains. For most young children since they have not lived that long or been exposed to the different flu strains, their immune systems will respond better to the seasonal flu vaccine in a nasal spray. 

When it comes to the Swine Flu, this virus is new to all age groups, so the nasal spray and shot should both work.  The government's advice on the Swine Flu vaccine is simple; just get in line for the one that's available first.

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