Friday, October 29, 2010

Nasal mist flu vaccine launched in Canada

From CTV News:
A nasal mist flu vaccine was launched in Canada on Thursday, giving an alternative to those who get squeamish by the very idea of a needle.

The nasal mist has been available in the United States for seven years, and now will be available without a prescription in pharmacies.

Dr. Earl Rubin, director of McGill Pediatric Infectious Diseases Residency Program, has been going to the U.S. for the last five years to get the vaccines for his children, who are deathly afraid of needles.

But he says the less intrusive nasal vaccine has other benefits as well.

"Studies have shown that the intra nasal live attenuated vaccine is more effective in children than the traditional intramuscular or killed vaccine," Rubin told CTV Montreal's Cindy Sherwin. ...more

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