SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)–The Center for Disease Control recommends everyone older than six months old gets vaccinated against the flu.
Now, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices says they have enough research to recommend children between the ages of 2 and 8 years old get the nasal spray form of the vaccine rather than the injectable one.
22News asked one doctor here in Springfield why one would be recommended over the other.
“They discovered that the nasal spray was more effective. In fact, the incidents of flu was 50 percent less amongst those children who received the nasal spray,” Dr. John Kealy, Doctor’s Express in Springfield, said.
The Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices makes recommendations to the CDC which the CDC can either reject or accept and make official policy.
If your child will be getting the nasal spray version of the vaccine they will need to get it in two doses with 4 weeks in between the two, unless they have previously had a flu vaccine. If your child has any type of egg allergy, they will need a specific vaccine formulated without eggs and those all come as injectable, not the nasal spray form.
The CDC reports that it is especially important that children and pregnant women get vaccinated the flu virus killed more than 100 children in our country last year, and 90 percent of which had not been vaccinated against the flu.
Flu activity is low right now, but the CDC says typically the number of cases jump in October and peak between January and March.