How Long Do Side Effects of The Flu Mist Vaccine Last?

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According to the FluMist website, "Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory disease that affects between 5% and 20% of the U.S. population each year." FluMist has mild side effects that can last a few days.

Child receiving the Flu Mist Vaccine
Child receiving the Flu Mist Vaccine (Image: Mario Tama/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Use

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FluMist vaccine is used in people ages 2 - 49 to reduce the chance of contracting the influenza virus by 92%. Side effects are possible and not uncommon.

Health clinics offer Flu Mist Vaccines
Health clinics offer Flu Mist Vaccines (Image: Joe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

How it works

FluMist is given as a spray in each nostril. According to the FluMist website, FluMist helps your body develop proteins called antibodies that help protect you from the flu. FluMist claims it is a weakened live virus vaccine, meaning it is designed not to cause the flu.

Flu Mist Vaccines
Flu Mist Vaccines (Image: Mario Tama/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Side Effects

Common side effects, according to Drugs.com include "chills; cough; decreased appetite; headache; mild fever (in children); muscle aches; nasal congestion; runny nose; sore throat; stomach pain; tiredness or weakness." The CDC notes that side effects are usually not severe, and should subside after a few days.

Warnings

The FluMist package contains precautions, including a statement saying "FluMist recipients should avoid close contact with immunocompromised individuals for at least 21 days." This warning is directed towards people with weakened immune systems.

Children receiving The Flu Mist Vaccine at school
Children receiving The Flu Mist Vaccine at school (Image: Joe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Considerations

Not everyone reacts to FluMist in the same way. If symptoms are severe or persistent, you should be examined by your doctor. According to Drugs.com, seek medical attention immediately if you exhibit any of these symptoms: "severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); decreased movement of the face muscles; ear pain; muscle weakness; numbness or tingling of the hands or feet; severe or persistent headache, fever, or chills; wheezing."

Some people may feel sick after the flu vaccine
Some people may feel sick after the flu vaccine (Image: Tatiana Gladskikh/iStock/Getty Images)

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