SNIFF OR SHOT?
ANCHOR LEAD: WHICH TYPE OF FLU VACCINE IS BEST? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Some people respond best to traditional flu shots, while others get more protection from FluMist, the inhaled vaccine. That’s according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Aaron Milstone, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.
MILSTONE: Traditionally, live viruses often elicit better immune response than inactivated vaccines. Examples of that are polio, the chicken pox virus. What we thought was that the live, attenuated vaccine that’s given intranasally is a live virus, and this will generate a robust immune response, and we’ve at times encouraged that over the inactivated, injectable vaccine. This study calls into question whether in certain populations the inactivated injectable vaccine may be superior. :31
Folks who responded best to injections were those who had had injections against the flu in the past. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.