Updated 03:32 AM EST, Tue, Nov 30, 2021

Flu Season 2014: Vaccine Nasal Spray Better Than Shots For Kids

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Most children, and adults for that matter, detest the idea of getting vaccine injections. Now, young children will be thrilled with the new recommendation put forth regarding the annual flu shot. 

According to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when it comes to the flu vaccine, it would be better if the flu vaccine was given as a nasal spray rather than the traditional injection.

US News highlighted in its report that in order for the recommendation to be adapted by the CDC as an agency, it must be approved by the CDC director, Dr Tom Fieden.

The spray is associated to a strong immune response in children who have not been inflicted with the flu in the past. Webmd.com noted that experts explained, "The spray triggers a stronger immune response in children who may have never had the flu before."

However, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has previously warned that the nasal spray vaccine may not be appropriate for all children, for example, kids with asthma or respiratory conditions. The APP will not be releasing a recommendation on the vaccine until the fall.

While many doctors are already using the FluMist, Michael Brady, MD, of Ohio State University and AAP's committee on infectious diseases, told reporters that the recommendation may not alter practices that much, especially this year because most doctors already have stocks of vaccines for the incoming fall flu season.

Presently, FluMist, manufactured by AstraZeneca, is the only flu vaccine spray available in the market. It is more expensive than the usual shot with FluMist costing $23 while the shot's price ranges typically between $8 to $22.

"It was first licensed in 2003 and is approved for healthy people ages 2 to 49. Unlike flu shots made from a killed virus, the nasal spray is made from a live but weakened flu virus," writes CBS News 

As a reminder, health experts warn that prior to any medical intervention, parents should consult their physician and refrain from administering vaccines and the like without professional experience or intervention.

More information on the flu is made available on the website of the American Lung Association

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