For the first time, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended a specific brand of flu vaccine for kids aged 2 to 8 – the needle-free vaccine – according to NBC News.
The ACIP advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which can decide whether to take or leave the advice. ACIP members agreed on studies that show FluMist, which is squirted up the nose, is more effective than a shot in the arm for kids.
If the CDC approves of this recommendation, it will become official policy – although parents and pediatricians will be free to give any flu vaccine to a kid. Kids with egg allergies should continue to get the vaccines given as shots that are formulated without chicken eggs.
The CDC recommends that just about everyone get a flu vaccine every year. Read the full details here:
No More Needles: Health Officials Recommend FluMist for Kids
This article will make kids under age 8 and their parents very happy. Fewer shots means more smiles.
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