ACIP Urges Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine
By Michael Smith
North American Correspondent
June 26, 2014
Say goodbye to needles -- if there's a choice, doctors should give children their flu vaccine as a nasal spray rather than a shot, a CDC committee has urged.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 15-0 to recommend a preference for the inhaled live attenuated influenza vaccine, FluMist Quadrivalent, for healthy children 2 through 8.
The recommendation still must still be approved by the CDC director, incorporated into the flu prevention and control recommendations, and published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report before it becomes official policy.
The recommendation was based on a data review that suggested the nasal spray vaccine provides better protection than flu shots against laboratory-confirmed, medically attended flu illness.
But the committee also said that if the nasal vaccine isn't available, children should get the flu shot rather than miss vaccination.
The recommendation is not likely to change practice, commented Catherine Dundon, MD, a Nashville-area pediatrician and consultant to MedImmune, the maker of FluMist Quadrivalent.
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