The nasal-spray flu vaccine is made with live, weakened flu viruses. The viruses in the nasal spray vaccine do not cause the flu.
The "flu shot" is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm.
Who should not be vaccinated:
People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination.
People who have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated.)
People with a history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome (a severe paralytic illness, also called GBS) that occurred after receiving influenza vaccine and who are not at risk for severe illness from influenza should generally not receive vaccine. Tell your doctor if you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Your doctor will help you decide whether the vaccine is recommended for you.
Vaccine Side Effects (What to Expect):
Different side effects can be associated with the flu shot and mist.
The flu shot:
Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
Fever (low grade)
If these problems occur, they begin soon after the shot and usually last 1 to 2 days. Almost all people who receive influenza vaccine have no serious problems from it. If they persist or are severe, call your doctor.
The nasal spray:
Again, if these persist or are severe, call your doctor.
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