CDC: Nasal flu vaccine is ineffective

CDC: Nasal flu vaccine is ineffective

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee recommended that nasal spray should not be used during the next flu season.

The committee said in recent years, the nasal spray FluMist performed poorly compared to the injectable vaccine last flu season.

Catherine Brown oversees the Health and Wellness Department at the Family YMCA in Petal.

She said it is important that children are protected against viruses like the flu.

"I feel like it's important to vaccinate for the flu especially if you're going to have exposure to as many children as we see here," Brown said.

Brown was considering the nasal vaccine for her own daughter, but said she will opt for the injection since the CDC said FluMist was only three percent effective last flu season.

"With children you know they're so active and they're interacting with children so closely that if you're not protected then you're just allowing yourself to become sick when there is an option," Brown said.

According to the CDC, an estimated one-third of all flu vaccines administered to children are nasal spray.

Pharmacist Kim Rodgers at Rodgers Family Pharmacy in Petal said many health professionals were not prepared for the CDC's recommendation.

"Normally what you do when you pre-order vaccines, you pre-order them because they have to be manufactured," Rodgers said.

Though it is not flu season right now, he usually pre-orders at the beginning of the year.

"I've got my injections pre-ordered," Rodgers said. "I'm going to cancel my order on FluMist because if the CDC is not recommending, it would almost be not good to go against that policy."

Rodgers recommends getting the injectable flu vaccine. He advises getting the flu vaccine in the fall and strongly recommends the vaccine for small children and elderly patients.