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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 8, 2004

UI Hospitals And Clinics Offers FluMist Immunizations

Officials at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics announced today a recently developed option for immunizing healthy people against influenza who qualify under guidelines from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).

The IDPH is now recommending that intranasal influenza vaccine (FluMist) be offered to all healthy Iowans between the ages of 5 and 49. The UI Family Care Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics is now scheduling appointments for FluMist administration for eligible individuals. Approximately 400 doses are available. Call 319-384-7222 to schedule an appointment.

FluMist contains live-attenuated influenza viruses that replicate in the nasal passages and are shed in respiratory secretions. Those who receive FluMist should avoid contact with severely immunocompromised persons who require a protected environment (e.g., stem cell transplant patients) for seven days following immunization.

Additional guidelines on who should or should not receive FluMist can be found online at

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,