The “flu mist” consists of viruses or virus particles that are very similar to the ones that are injected when you are vaccinated. The “mist” is inhaled, absorbed by the mucous layers, and thus activates the first line of defence. It’s much more natural than vaccination.
Up to now, the problem with this “mist” has always been the dose. It is very, very hard to ensure that the right amount of virus particles is absorbed by the mucous membranes. It must not be too few, because then the first line of defence is not triggered enough, and you are still not protected afterward. It must not be too many either, because then you risk inflammation of the mucous membranes and potentially feeling very, very ill for a week or so.
Floggi, this is misleading information! The flu mist contains LIVE viruses, the shot contains the same viruses, but they are killed or inactivated.
The mist is not recommended for anyone with a weakened immune system (probably all of us on the forum), anemia and other blood disorders, asthma, kidney/lung/liver/heart disease, diabetes, children or adolescents on aspirin, seizure disorders, cerebral palsy, etc.
I don’t know why you’re posting this is more natural than vaccination.
A. it is a vaccination,
B. it’s stronger and potentially more harmful than the injection.
You can catch the flu from the mist if you’re immune system is weakened.
Also the expected side effects listed on the patient handout include fever, wheezing, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, headache, muscle aches, congestion, and as with any vaccination, death is also listed as a possibility.