Tia Mowry does it all. From balancing her career as an actress and author, to playing her most important role as a mom, Tia has learned a thing or two about managing a hectic life while making the time to care for her family. And like many moms, that includes efforts to help keep them healthy. In addition to healthy eating, hand washing and keeping away from crowds during peak cold/flu season, Mowry also takes the important step of getting her family vaccinated each flu season – as it’s the single best way to prevent the flu.2 This year, Mowry is excited to share “Tia’s Tips”, on TiasFluTips.com, highlighting information about FluMist Quadrivalent and providing helpful information for moms, including how to monitor for local influenza activity, find a local doctor or pharmacy to receive FluMist Quadrivalent and the best time of day for doctors’ appointments to avoid crowded waiting rooms and germs.
“As busy moms, we have a lot of tasks on our list each day, but I always keep the health of my family as a top priority,” Mowry said. “In fact, about 80 percent of family healthcare decisions are made by moms, a responsibility I take seriously.3 Knowing the flu can have a serious impact on the entire family, I’m excited to share monthly tips with information and resources that can help other fellow moms and families throughout the flu season.”
The flu is a contagious disease that can cause mild to severe illness, and in some cases, can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death.2 In fact, each year 5 to 20 percent of the US population contracts the flu, which results in over 44 million days of lost productivity.4,5 As such, the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone get a flu vaccine each year when they become available.2
“Contrary to common misconceptions, even healthy individuals can get sick from the flu and spread it to others,” 2 said Dr. Peter Lechman, MD, MBA, Medical Director, Northwestern Medical Group Pediatrics. “Even though vaccination is the first and most important way to help protect against the flu, people hold several misconceptions about the flu vaccine, which prevents them from getting vaccinated.”6
The 2015-2016 flu season will be the third year that a quadrivalent influenza vaccine will be available in the US, as a nasal spray. Quadrivalent flu vaccines help provide protection against two subtypes of influenza A and two lineages of influenza B.7 FluMist Quadrivalent, a nasal spray flu vaccine, is only available in the quadrivalent formulation.1 Trivalent flu vaccines, which are only available as a shot, include two subtypes of influenza A and one lineage of influenza B.7
FluMist Quadrivalent is the first and only needle-free, nasal spray flu vaccine that is FDA-approved for eligible children and adults aged 2 to 49 to help protect against the four flu strains contained in the vaccine: two strains of influenza A and two strains of influenza B. The most common side effects are runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, and fever over 100°F.1 Please see below for Important Safety and Eligibility Information.
“Together with my doctor, I decided that FluMist Quadrivalent was the right choice for my family, and I encourage others to talk to their healthcare provider about which flu vaccine is right for them,” Mowry said.
For more information, visit FluMistQuadrivalent.com, TiasFluTips.com, and talk to your healthcare provider.
Important Safety and Eligibility Information
What is FluMist® Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine Live, Intranasal)?
FluMist Quadrivalent is a vaccine that is sprayed into the nose to help protect against influenza. It can be used in children, adolescents, and adults ages 2 through 49. FluMist Quadrivalent is similar to MedImmune's trivalent Influenza Vaccine Live, Intranasal (FluMist), except FluMist Quadrivalent provides protection against an additional influenza strain. FluMist Quadrivalent may not prevent influenza in everyone who gets vaccinated.
Who should not get FluMist Quadrivalent?
You should not get FluMist Quadrivalent if you have a severe allergy to eggs or any other vaccine ingredient; have ever had a life-threatening reaction to influenza vaccinations; or are 2 through 17 years old and take aspirin or medicines containing aspirin – children or adolescents should not be given aspirin for 4 weeks after getting FluMist Quadrivalent unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.
Children under 2 years old have an increased risk of wheezing (difficulty with breathing) after getting FluMist Quadrivalent.
Who may not be able to get FluMist Quadrivalent?
Tell your healthcare provider if you or your child are currently wheezing; have a history of wheezing if under 5 years old; have had Guillain-Barré syndrome; have a weakened immune system or live with someone who has a severely weakened immune system; have problems with your heart, kidneys, or lungs; have diabetes; are pregnant or nursing; or are taking Tamiflu®, Relenza®, amantadine, or rimantadine.
Your healthcare provider will decide if FluMist Quadrivalent is right for you or your child.
What are the most common side effects of FluMist Quadrivalent?
The most common side effects are runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, and fever over 100°F.
Please see complete Product Information, including Patient Information.
Tamiflu and Relenza are registered trademarks of their respective owners.
- FluMist Quadrivalent [package insert]. Gaithersburg, MD: MedImmune.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Key Facts about Influenza (Flu) & Flu Vaccine. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm.
- Accessed August 6, 2015.
- United States Department of Labor. Fact Sheet: Women As Major Health Care Consumers.
- http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/fshlth5.html. Accessed August 6, 2015.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seasonal Influenza Q&A. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/disease.htm. Accessed August 6,
- Molinari NA, Ortega-Sanchez IR, Messonnier ML, et al. The annual impact of seasonal influenza in the US: measuring disease burden and
- costs. Vaccine.2007;25(27):5086-5096.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Misconceptions about Seasonal Flu and Flu Vaccines. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/misconceptions.htm. Accessed September 8, 2015.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine: Questions & Answers. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/quadrivalent.htm. Accessed August 6, 2015.
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