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The CDC says NOT to use the nasal spray flu vaccine this year.
Flu shot…yay or nay?
Public opinion is divided on whether or not to get a flu shot, but if you do decide to get one, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising against getting the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray flu vaccine” or FluMist®.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices still recommends that everyone ages six months and older get the flu vaccine– just not the nasal spray kind.
Their recommendation is due to a new study showing the the LAIV was only 3% effective in preventing the flu among children 2-17 years old.
On the other hand, flu shots were effective 63% of the time in that same age group.
I have been getting the flu shot every year since I was pregnant with my first child. My doctor recommends it, and I trust the opinion of the medical professionals I have chosen to safeguard the health of my family.
Other common sense ways to reduce your risk of getting the flu, according to the CDC:
1. Wash your hands frequently.
2. Stay away from sick people.
You can read the full CDC release here.
If you are unsure whether or not you should get the flu shot, you can read some frequently asked flu questions here.