Don't Get a Nasal Spray Flu Vaccination This Season, CDC Warns

The shot is now your only option.

Here's some bad news for anyone who's not a fan of shots: Just in time for flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is revoking its recommendation of the nasal spray form of the vaccine, known as FluMist, because it hasn't been effective enough over the past few years.

"How well the flu vaccine works (or its ability to prevent flu illness) can range widely from season to season and can be affected by a number of factors, including characteristics of the person being vaccinated, the similarity between vaccine viruses and circulating viruses, and even which vaccine is used," the CDC stated.

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While data previously suggested that the nasal vaccine was comparable to — and sometimes even better than — other vaccines, "the reason for the recent poor performance of [FluMist] is not known," the CDC reported.

The CDC recommends anyone over the age of six months get an annual flu vaccination, and because FluMist was the only non-injection-based vaccine on the market, that means everyone will have to get the flu vaccine as an injection this year.

Spray vaccines accounted for nearly one-third of all flu vaccines children received, according to the CDC, so many parents will need to prepare their kids to receive the shot.

FluMist only accounts for about 8 percent of the total doses of flu vaccine that were made for the 2016 to 2017 season, so families shouldn't worry about vaccine shortages.

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