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Doctors Urging Shots, Not Nasal Spray, For Children’s Flu Protection

06 September 2018, 11:49 | Melissa Porter

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All children six months and older should get the inactivated or the recombinant flu vaccine shot.

The recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) comes after CDC officials this year endorsed AstraZeneca's nasal vaccine for this year's flu season.

While the flu shot is not ideal - during last year's brutal flu season, it was only about 36% effective - the CDC still recommends getting one, since they can reduce the chances of getting and spreading the flu and the severity of any illnesses that do occur.

Previous year was a rough flu season, so we are getting the word out early to help get you prepared.

Kids 6 months through 8 years need two doses when it is their first time receiving a flu vaccine, but children 9 and older require only one dose, no matter their health history, according to the pediatrics group.

AstraZeneca, which makes the nasal spray, says in an emailed statement that it "believes that FluMist Quadrivalent continues to provide an important option for flu vaccination in the USA and we respect the role of the CDC, ACIP, and AAP in protecting and advancing public health".

An AZ spokeswoman said the company believes its vaccine "continues to provide an important option for flu vaccination in the U.S. and we respect the role of the CDC, ACIP and AAP in protecting and advancing public health".

"Staying healthy is the goal for all of us", Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician in Seattle and AAP spokesperson, said in a statement.

"We won't know what's happened until the flu season is over", Dr. Wooten said. Districts in Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and elsewhere have also put programs in place to facilitate vaccinations for students.

The importance of vaccines is underscored by a recent measles outbreak that has affected more than 100 people in 21 states; measles is easily prevented with a vaccine the CDC recommends for all children. It's not going to come in a couple of years.

Two observational data indicated that LAIV was poorly effective against influenza A (H1N1) pdm09-like viruses, and was significantly less effective than IIV against these viruses.

There have also been no confirmed cases of the flu at the hospital this summer, according to Terri Hannibal, a registered nurse and infection preventionist at Tuomey. "When recommendations are not perfectly harmonized, it does pose the possibility for confusion".

"Get your vaccine. Wash your hands well". Don't go to school or work while sick. "Cover your cough or your sneeze", she said. "Try not to touch your face".

Story by Susan Scutti for CNN.

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