CDC recommending flu shots, not nasal spray vaccines for kids

Study found only 3% effectiveness in protecting children

FILE- In this Oct. 4, 2005, file photo, Danielle Holland reacts as she is given a FluMist influenza vaccination in St. Leonard, Md. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For a long time, the “nasal spray”-type flu vaccine has been the favored alternative to the painful flu shot for children, but now some western Massachusetts pediatricians are having second thoughts.

Baystate Medical Center Pediatrician Dr. John O’Reilly told 22News that the Centers for Disease Control found the nasal-spray vaccines, such as FluMist, to be only 3% effective in combating the flu in children.

“I would prefer not to give shots if I could, but I want the children to be protected. It may bother them a little less, but if it doesn’t protect them and they get sick?” O’Reilly said.

He told 22News that only a few years ago, the CDC believed that nasal spray products were 55% effective in combating the flu in children.

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