Dear Dr. Niman,
First time poster here, long time lurker and it's an honor to be able to come here and ask you a question. I thank you for all the time you devote to posting information here and I'll try to be succinct: This is a vaccine question: flumist or injection for my kids. My 12 year old may have had a mild case of swine flu in the spring, but my other 2 did not. The schools will be administering both forms soon and I need to decide which form they should receive. I've read a bit about OAS - enough to be just dangerously ignorant and concerned and this has prompted my question: should I be concerned as to which form I choose? I'm trying to articulate my question carefully so as not to present a situation where I seem to be asking you for medical advice. Rather, I'm trying to make an informed intelligent decision here and any insight would be most greatly appreciated.
Again, thank you so very much for sharing your time and your great work.
Welcome to the board!
Have you asked your pediatrician or family doctor if there is any reason why they should *not* take flumist? There are definite groups of people who are not supposed to take it, and that can extend to otherwise healthy people who are in close contact with anyone who is not supposed to take it. Independent of whether or not OAS plays into this, those other issues may have to guide your decision.