Your Health: Jul. 26, 1999

GOOD NEWS

NEEDLE-FREE SHOTS It's not the flu season yet, but it never hurts to be prepared. Protection from the pesky influenza virus may soon come from a simple squirt in the nostrils. Adults using a novel spray vaccine containing a crippled form of the virus had fewer sick days and took less medication than those who toughed it out without shots. Alas, it may be two years before the spray is available in doctor's offices.

AIDING INFANTS Babies of HIV-positive mothers face a 30% chance of contracting the virus during delivery. With the inexpensive and commonly used antiviral drug nevirapine,...

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