The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising everyone to get an influenza vaccine by way of injection this year instead of using the nasal spray. This is not good news for the children who don’t like the flu shots. The American Academy of Pediatrics is joining with the CDC in recommending against the nasal spray vaccine this flu season, saying it does not effectively protect against the spread of the virus. The organization said in an updated policy statement:
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children ages 6 months and older receive a seasonal flu shot during the 2016-17 season, as vaccination remains the best available preventive measure against influenza.
According to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the nasal spray vaccine – marketed under the name FluMist – did not protect against certain strains of the flu that were most prominent the past three seasons. The nasal vaccine’s effectiveness among children 2-17 was 3 percent last year; the injected vaccine had an effectiveness rate of 63 percent. FluMist, which makes use of a weakened form of a live virus, is the only influenza vaccine delivered nasally. In the past, it was recommended for any healthy people ages 2-49. FluMist, produced by Astra Zeneca subsidiary MedImmune, accounted for more than a third of all influenza vaccines given to children last year.
As a result of the recent findings, reportedly companies that distributed the nasal spray vaccine no longer offer it to pharmacies. It also appears that doctors’ offices aren’t ordering it. Flu vaccines are reformulated each year in anticipation of the strains that will be prevalent each year. Health care providers should begin offering the flu vaccine to patients 6 months and older no later than October, the CDC said.
The concern now is children will balk at the idea of an injection and parents may opt out of the vaccination. That would be a mistake, according to Dr. Henry Bernstein of Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York and one of the authors of the AAP statement. Dr. Bernstein told NBC News:
Families want their children and themselves to be protected against influenza. Not having the option of receiving a flu vaccine intranasally or (via) a nasal spray is disappointing to some but I think that people recognize that flu vaccine is the best preventative measure that we have to protect everyone against influenza.
It should be noted that flu – which strikes the very young and the elderly the hardest – is blamed for as many as 5,000 deaths each year in the U.S.
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