Flumist Dosage

Generic name: influenza vaccine live
Dosage form: intranasal spray

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FOR INTRANASAL ADMINISTRATION BY A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER.

2.1 Dosing Information

FluMist should be administered according to the following schedule:

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 Administer as 0.1 mL per nostril.
Age Group Vaccination Status Dosage Schedule
Children age 2 years through
8 years
Not previously vaccinated with influenza vaccine 2 doses (0.2 mL* each,
at least 1 month apart)
Children age 2 years through
8 years
Previously vaccinated with influenza vaccine 1 dose (0.2 mL*)
Children, adolescents and adults age 9 through 49 years Not applicable 1 dose (0.2 mL*)

For children age 2 years through 8 years who have not previously received influenza vaccine, the recommended dosage schedule for nasal administration is one 0.2 mL dose (0.1 mL per nostril), followed by a second 0.2 mL dose (0.1 mL per nostril) given at least 1 month later.

For all other individuals, including children age 2-8 years who have previously received influenza vaccine, the recommended schedule is one 0.2 mL dose (0.1 mL per nostril).

FluMist should be administered prior to exposure to influenza. Annual revaccination with influenza vaccine is recommended.

2.2 Administration Instructions

Each sprayer contains a single dose of FluMist; approximately one-half of the contents should be administered into each nostril. Refer to the administration diagram (Figure 1) for step-by-step administration instructions. Once FluMist has been administered, the sprayer should be disposed of according to the standard procedures for medical waste (e.g., sharps container or biohazard container).

1. Check expiration date. Product must be used before the date on sprayer label.
2. Remove rubber tip protector. Do not remove dose-divider clip at the other end of the sprayer.
3. With the patient in an upright position, place the tip just inside the nostril to ensure FluMist is delivered into the nose.
4. With a single motion, depress plunger as rapidly as possible until the dose-divider clip prevents you from going further.
5. Pinch and remove the dose-divider clip from plunger.
6. Place the tip just inside the other nostril and with a single motion, depress plunger as rapidly as possible to deliver remaining vaccine.
DO NOT INJECT. DO NOT USE A NEEDLE.
Note: Active inhalation (i.e., sniffing) is not required by the patient during FluMist administration

Figure 1

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