I don't believe in vaccination and I would never give my kids a flu shot. However, there is talk that some schools where I am (not in the US) give the kids a flu shot without informing the parents (they do the flu spray). If this were to happen with my kids, what are the major issues, besides it being a live virus? I am not so worried about the live virus thing because it's not any worse than them getting the flu in the regular way--I mean, the flu stinks but I'm not afraid of it like I am tetanus or something. This shot is not injected into the bloodstream (one of the major reasons I'm against other vaccines, since it's not the natural way the body is introduced to diseases), it doesn't have mercury...how worried should I be about this?
Dangers of Flumist?
Asides for the whole shedding issue (which is a huge concern). I would also be concerned about the ingredients. Just because something is not injected, doesn't mean it's safe.
The nasal passages are delicate and the tissue there is very permeable.
Each dose of flumist contains 10 6.5-7.5 particles of live, attenuated influenza virus. That means that between 10 million and 100 million viral particles will be forcefully injected into the nostrils when administered. The viral strain was developed by serial passage through "specific pathogen-free primary chick kidney cells" and then grown in "specific pathogen-free eggs." That means that the culture media was free of pathogens that were specifically tested for, but not a culture that was necessarily "pathogen-free." Each dose of flumist contains
0.188 mg monosodium glutamate, (http://www.msgtruth.org/ ) 2.00 mg hydrolyzed porcine gelatin,( Porcine gelatin, or pork gelatin, is made from the leftover parts of a pig after slaughter, and is used in many products as a stabilizer.) 2.42 mg arginine, 13.68 mg sucrose, 2.26 mg dibasic potassium phosphate, 0.96 mg monobasic potassium phosphate (a buffering agent) that can cause "CAUSE IRRITATION TO SKIN, EYES, AND RESPIRATORY TRACT. MAY BE HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED OR INHALED." (from MSDS) , and <0.015 mcg/mL gentamicin sulfate which is an antibiotic.
Dr Tenpenny also warns of the dangers of flumist.