Any prime-boost mix of injected or spray flu vaccine shields toddlers – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Flu vaccinations for young children are given in two doses. The first primes the immune system; and the second spurs an immune response. Currently there are two types of flu vaccines approved as safe and effective for children: a trivalent, inactivated vaccine and a live, attenuated vaccine.
Fauci: The inactivated is an injection and the attenuated is a nasal spray.
Narrator: NIH’s Dr. Anthony Fauci says, there had been a concern regarding the second dose.
Fauci: Sometimes when children go back it’s difficult to match them with exactly the same one that they had.
Narrator: Now new research shows doses can be mixed and matched. For details, visit www.niaid.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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