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FluMist Reportedly Not Effective in Preventing Influenza, CDC and AAP Report

October 3, 2016

Between 5-25% of all Americans will catch the flu this year. While it is recommended that everyone receive a flu vaccine every year, this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have made changes regarding how flu vaccines should be administered.

Before this season, doctors regularly administered flu vaccines in both shot form and via nasal spray. Yet in a recent report, FluMist, the most commonly used nasal spray, was proven to be ineffective in preventing influenza.

Children, who are more often the receivers of FluMist, were reportedly two and a halt times more likely to catch the flu than they would be had they received the injection vaccine.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that at least 85 children died from the flu, stressing the importance of flu vaccines in children.

The CDC and AAP both recommend that everyone over six months old receive a flu shot this season, including adults, especially the elderly and pregnant women. Receiving a flu shot during any point in a pregnancy is safe, and extremely important for the health of the mother and the child. As pregnant women are at higher risk of severe illness from influenza, it is possible for the illness to be passed on to the child in utero.

Local urgent care walk in clinics are able to provide flu shots for you or your children this season. Three component vaccines will protect against these strains of influenza, as recommended by the CDC:

  • A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (B/Victoria lineage)

Four component vaccines are recommended to contain those three strains, as well as plus an additional B virus called B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage).

The composition of U.S. influenza viruses are reviewed every year in order to analyze which strains will be included in the vaccines. These vaccines will also protect against like strains.

FluMist will still be available, and will contain the same components as the injection vaccine; however, the nasal mist vaccine is recommended only for those over the age of 65 who have have previous exposure to injectable flu vaccines.

Phoenix urgent care is open with extended hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the week, allowing you and your loved ones to receive proper influenza vaccinations on your own schedule.