Should My Child With Asthma Who Hates Shots Have The FluMist Instead Of A Flu Shot?

Question: Should my child with asthma who hates shots have a flu shot? What about having the FluMist instead?

Answer: It is very important for your child with asthma to receive a flu shot every fall. Unfortunately, the nasal spray FluMist has not been studied adequately in children with asthma and is not yet approved in this group. None of us like to receive shots, but it is important to explain to your child that these shots are given to prevent severe infections that can make asthma worse. You could also be a good example for your child and get the flu shot yourself and have other family members receive the vaccine as well.

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