Flu shot season arrives

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Pharmacies are already advertising this year's flu vaccine, but one popular option from past years isn't recommended this time around.

(NBC News) The nasal spray FluMist has been the flu vaccine preference among many children for years, but the American Academy of Pediatrics says kids should not get it this year.

The move comes after a panel of experts found the nasal spray has not been effective the past three seasons.

It’s unclear why.

The AAP recommends instead that all kids over 6 months get the flu shot, which experts say was about 63-percent effective in protecting against the flu last year.

Even if you do become infected after vaccination, doctors say you’re far less likely to have a severe case.

“Influenza can take a normal healthy child or even adult and put them into the emergency room in 24 hours. This is a serious infection,” warns Vanderbilt University’s Dr. William Schaffner.

Doctors say getting the flu vaccine now should offer protection through the spring.

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