Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu nasal
spray vaccine (FluMist) should not be used for the 2016-17 flu
season because it doesn’t work. The CDC also recommends that
everyone over 6 months of age get a flu shot instead.
recent report, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization
Practices says the nasal spray vaccine was shown to have poor
efficacy in flu prevention over the past few seasons,
especially during 2015-16 season (3 percent protection versus
60 percent protection from the injectable vaccine).
recommendation means that FluMist will not be available in the
2016-17 season for anyone, and there is no group of
individuals for whom FluMist could be used," says Mayo
Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Priya Sampathkumar.
"An injectable flu vaccine would be the only choice.
Parents of small children may be tempted to skip the flu
vaccine altogether, as it now involves a shot, but the
benefits of the vaccine outweigh the temporary pain from the
Sampathkumar urges parents to have their children vaccinated
with the injectable flu vaccine this coming season. If parents
are concerned about the injectable vaccine, she suggests they
talk to their health care provider about ways to reduce pain.
flu vaccine still remains the single best protection against
the flu," she says.
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