You could snort your next flu vaccine (again)

You could snort your next flu vaccine (again)

During the 2015 season, CDC researchers a found that FluMist was less effective against all flu strains, in large part because it didn't seem to work at all against the H1N1 strain of the flu virus, also known as swine flu.

Nancy Messonnier, MD, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told STAT that many physician offices have already ordered vaccine stocks for next flu season.

Flu-linked hospitalization rates continued to rise -from 59.9 per 100,000 people for the week ending February 3rd, to 67.9 per 100,000 people for the week ending February 10th, the findings showed.

The nasal spray version of the flu vaccine popular with children but largely unavailable this season due to questions about its effectiveness is likely to return next fall.

21, the US Centers for Disease Control's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 12-2 to once again endorse FluMist, a vaccine for the flu that can be inhaled like an allergy medicine, for the 2018-2019 season.


FluMist, the only needle-free flu vaccine on the market, won a lukewarm recommendation from federal vaccine advisers Wednesday. It is approved for ages 2 through 49.

However, experts say activity remains higher than peak levels in recent seasons.

"This is not an easy decision", said Dr. Nancy Bennett, chair of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), whose decision guide which vaccines are available on the US market. The vaccine has remained recommended for use and available in Canada and the European Union. The CDC is expected to take the committee's advice. Unlike other flu vaccines made from killed virus, it is made from a live but weakened flu virus.

AstraZeneca says it will supply FluMist to the USA market next season.

AstraZeneca's USA -based subsidiary, MedImmune, makes FluMist, which is sprayed into the nose to help protect against influenza by children, adolescents and adults ages 2 through 49.

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