Any prime-boost mix of injected or spray flu vaccine shields toddlers – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Research funded by NIH shows protection for children younger than 3 years is the same regardless of whether two doses of flu vaccine are injected by needle, inhaled through a nasal spray or provided through one dose of each in any order. NIH’s Dr. Anthony Fauci adds that the study also confirms something scientists suspected all along.
Fauci: That the live attenuated is a little bit better than the inactivated in the sense that it induces what we call T-cell responses which might give an additional degree of protection against influenza.
Narrator: The live attenuated vaccine is inhaled through a nasal spray. 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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