Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Florida Gators Submit to Nasal Flu Vaccination

The Sentinel's Jeremy Fowler reported Sunday night that UF football players received a nasal spray vaccine over the weekend for a "seasonal flu virus".
So what exactly did the No. 1 Gators spray up their noses?
This from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
"The nasal-spray flu vaccine is a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu (sometimes called LAIV for "live attenuated influenza vaccine" or FluMist®). LAIV (FluMist®) is approved for use in healthy* people 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant.Each seasonal influenza vaccine contains three influenza viruses-one A (H3N2) virus, one regular seasonal A (H1N1) virus (not the 2009 H1N1 virus), and one B virus. The viruses in the vaccine change each year based on international surveillance and scientists' estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year. About 2 weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against influenza virus infection develop in the body."
The seasonal flu vaccine will not provide protection against 2009 H1N1 flu.
I don't know about you, but a few things strike me odd about this whole story...

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