First Swine Flu Vaccine Will Be Nasal Spray

But pregnant women, newborns should wait for needle version
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2009 5:05 PM CDT
A healthcare provider administers FluMist(R) (Influenza Virus Vaccine Live, Intranasal) to a school-aged girl.   (PRNewsFoto/MedImmune, Inc.)
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(Newser) – The first Americans to take a swine flu vaccine will be spraying it up the nose, NPR reports. About 3.4 million hits of the nasal spray will come out early next month, a couple of weeks ahead of 195 million by-the-needle doses. Dubbed FluMist, the spray carries a live but neutered version of the H1N1 virus, making it ideal for the young and healthy. Pregnant women, newborns, and people with certain health problems should wait for the needle vaccine, the CDC says.