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Children who are afraid of needles will be glad to hear that Kupat Holim
Meuhedet is for the first time offering a flu vaccine administered via nasal
spray, rather than by injection.
The third-largest health fund is
offering this painless vaccine, commercially known as Flumist, to its members
aged two to eight years at no cost and to children and teens over eight for NIS
49 per dose. The cost of Flumist in private pharmacies is NIS 179. The other
health funds are not offering free Flumist.
According to the Health
Ministry – which will launch its annual anti-influenza campaign after
spray vaccine is just as effective as the injected one. But the ministry
encouraging the health funds to give Flumist to its members, as it is
expensive than shots, which are available free to all age
Meuhedet said Flumist is effective in people of all ages and
especially up to 49. It decided to give free nasalspray vaccine to young
children, as they are usually the vectors who spread influenza among
and adults, including in the elderly, who are most at risk for
If many children are protected, it could help reduce the
infection rates in the whole population, says the health fund.