Sorry Kids! Say Bye to Nasal Flu Spray

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Sorry kids, there will be no nasal flu spray this year.

MIAMI - OCTOBER 19: Jacquiline Lechuga ,5, sits on the lap of her father, Marko Lechuga as she receives an H1N1 nasal flu spray vaccine from nurse Shajaira Powell-Bailey at the Broadmoor Elementary school October 19, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Miami-Dade County Health Department began distribution its initial shipments of the H1N1 Influenza vaccine and is launching a vaccination campaign in conjunction with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, The Children?s Trust and The Trust?s partner health agencies.

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The Centers for Disease Control says Flu Mist should not be used in the U.S. this year and the American Academy of Pediatrics agrees. They are urging youngsters to roll up their sleeves for a shot.

SLU Care Pediatrician Dr. Matthew Broom at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital says kids have appreciated not having to have an injectable immunization. However, they want the best influenza coverage for patients.

“If injectable fluids are the best way to go, then that’s something that we would recommend wholeheartedly,” Dr. Broom says.

According to the CDC, studies have shown the Flu Mist hasn’t protected against certain influenza strains as well as regular flu shots in recent years.

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  1. j smith says:

    The FluMist shot is filled with “weakened” viruses, however, it often isn’t weakened enough for the person to not get sick, and for them to spread it to others — weakened or not.

    So, I’m glad to see that the mist is no longer being recommended.

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