Last week, pediatricians gave the final “thumbs-down” to the FluMist vaccine, which is the only needle-free flu vaccine for kids on the market.
The FluMist nasal spray vaccine has already been recommended against this season by vaccine advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, citing that it has hardly protected against influenza for the past few years.
“New research shows that the flu shot provided significantly better protection in recent flu seasons compared with the nasal spray vaccine,” said Dr. Henry Bernstein of Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York.
These findings have been a disappointment to parents of children who hate needles and must now have to get flu shots.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also declined to recommend FluMist last June as studies showed it only reduced the risk of influenza by 3% over the past three flu seasons.
The ACIP’s recommendations typically steer vaccine availability in the U.S. and clinics have already cancelled orders for FluMist.
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