CDC Says No More Nasal Vaccine
If you don’t like needles, you’re not going to like this. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement advising against the use of the nose spray FluMist to protect children and adults from the flu.
The CDC says this popular alternative to traditional flu vaccines, which contains weakened strains of the viruses to promote an immune system response, has been ineffective in recent years—and was only 3% effective during the past flu season. According to the manufacturer, which contends the CDC’s findings, other research showed that, "FluMist Quadrivalent was 46-58 percent effective overall against the circulating influenza strains during the 2015-2016 season."
Government agencies and flu vaccine manufacturers will work together in the months ahead to make sure there is enough available flu vaccine for the upcoming year. It's estimated they will have to make up for almost 14 million doses of FluMist—about 8% of the total supply—which will not be used.
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