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Live Influenza Vaccine Intranasal

Drug Information

Live influenza vaccine is used to provide active immunization against specific strains of influenza virus. The intranasal formulation contains a weakened influenza virus, which, when sprayed in the nose, stimulates the development of immunity against the disease.

Common brand names:

FluMist, FluMist

Summary of Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, & Foods

Types of interactions: Beneficial Adverse Check

Replenish Depleted Nutrients

  • none

Reduce Side Effects

  • none

Support Medicine

  • none

Reduces Effectiveness

  • none

Potential Negative Interaction

  • White Willow

    Willow bark (Salix alba) contains salicin, a substance similar to aspirin. Aspirin should not be given to children receiving live influenza virus due to the possible link to Reye's syndrome. The same adverse interaction result could theoretically happen if children were to take a willow-containing product following FluMist®.

Explanation Required 

  • none

The Drug-Nutrient Interactions table may not include every possible interaction. Taking medicines with meals, on an empty stomach, or with alcohol may influence their effects. For details, refer to the manufacturers’ package information as these are not covered in this table. If you take medications, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a new supplement with your doctor or pharmacist.

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