THB, Banditos, Wayward and more confirmed for Cosmic Cocktail!

Chiron Corporation

FluMist is OK'd for very young

Most kids can't stand getting mandatory vaccine shots, making it tough for parents to subject them to voluntary ones. But a move by the Food and Drug Administration yesterday means needles are no longer required - at least when it comes to preventing the flu.

The regulatory agency approved a new version of the nasal spray vaccine FluMist for use in children age 2 to 5. The development potentially boosts Gaithersburg manufacturer MedImmune Inc.'s patient base, and bottom line, by millions.

The old FluMist was approved in 2003 for use only in healthy people ages 5 to 49, though the company had sought approval for ages 1 through 64. Analysts blamed the midrange age restriction in...

36°