Stop using nasal flu vaccine

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In a stop-the-presses media blast, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee has voted to stop the use of the live attenuated influenza  (nasal flu) vaccine for this 2016-2017 flu season.   The recommendations state that “no live attenuated influenza vaccine should be used in any setting.”  This is a result of data showing that the nasal flu vaccine was effective in 3% (yes, THREE PERCENT) of children aged 2-17 years.

Meanwhile, the flu shot was estimated to be 63% effective against any flu virus in that age group.

So, get set to receive a flu SHOT this fall and not the flu MIST.

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