FluMist spray vaccine is OK next season — CDC panel

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The company said limited quantities of the vaccine continue to be available for the current season.

There are several different formulations of influenza vaccine. "We are pleased that the ACIP has voted in support of a renewed recommendation FluMist Quadrivalent in the USA and look forward to continuing to work with public health authorities to optimize protection against influenza".

"For the 2018-19 season, immunization providers may choose to administer any licensed, age appropriate, influenza vaccine (including LAIV, IIV and RIV)". Across the country, over 12,000 cases of Influenza A have been reported, and a staggering 51 of 54 states are reporting higher-than-normal rates of flu and flu-like symptoms.

This wording puts FluMist on the "recommended" list, which means insurance companies have to pay for its use, without being a strong endorsement.

There is real worry among flu experts that the poor effectiveness of flu vaccines, especially this past season, may make Americans less willing to get it.

The study provides the longest-term look at the vaccines' effect on newborn health, with the babies followed out to 6 months of life, said study author Dr. Lakshmi Sukumaran, a pediatric infectious disease researcher with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The flu is still widespread in NY but 11 counties experienced a slight decline according to Steuben County Public Health.

"I have real mixed emotions about this because I think we want to protect as many people as we can, particularly, as a pediatrician, for children", said Dr. Henry Bernstein, a professor of pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center in NY.

Studies have suggested that while FluMist fell down against swine flu, it has been effective against other types of flu. "Advil or Tylenol, to reduce the fever, and you need to make sure you're drinking lots of fluids...again, good hand-washing and just, you know, staying away from other people to prevent the spread of it". It's been hard for researchers to check how well the revised product works, in part because in the last two years another type of flu - not swine flu - has caused most of each season's illnesses. It's been off the USA market since then, although it is still used in other countries, including Canada and the European Union.

It said the results showed that the new 2017-18 post-pandemic 2009 H1N1 LAIV strain (A/Slovenia) performed significantly better than the 2015-16 post-pandemic LAIV strain (A/Bolivia).

The most common strain of influenza this season is H3N2, which has a more severe impact on the elderly and very young, according to officials.

Information from the CDC says children from six months to eight years of age who are getting vaccinated for the first time, and children who have only ever received one dosage prior should receive a second dose.

"We didn't expect to find any increased risk in these infants", Sukumaran said. According to officials from Frederick Memorial hospital in Frederick, Maryland, an adult, later confirmed to be a 41-year-old woman, passed away due to influenza at the end of January. Unlike other flu vaccines made from killed virus, it is made from a live but weakened flu virus. For that reason, some kids, such as those with asthma, usually can not be administered FluMist, anyway.

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