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Trying to decide between FluMist or a single dose thimerosal free injection for my 3 1/2 year old.  
Any advice on which to choose?

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I have always done injections.  I would prefer to avoid the live vaccine, and it has a higher rate of "mild flu-like illness".  We've never had worse than a sore arm after the shots.


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So, just googling my question, I came up with several articles along the lines of this one, saying that for young children over 6 months, the FluMist seems to be more effective.  ...but more likely to cause some symptoms.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2012/11/03/kids-flumist-vaccine/1677863/

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It is prone to cause symptoms. But it is more effective, and mimics original infection route (aka not injected, no worries on that front with unwanted byproducts of vaccines). If I did the flu vax, I'd go for the mist. But it really boils down to with how comfortable you are with vaccine ingredients. Also, FLumist is now quadrivalent.

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We prefer injection for me and my younger son because we have asthma. For my older it is the mist because he hats needles.

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