Flu Vaccines: Doing Away with the Spray

July 15, 2016

Mercy Kids Dr. Kristen Bruno explains changes in flu vaccine recommendations and offers tips for parents

New flu vaccine recommendations will have more kids turning away their noses this year.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has decided that the nasal flu vaccine will not be used this upcoming flu season. It cites a lack of effectiveness over the past three years.

The nasal spray has been popular with children because they can skip the needle, but recent data shows it was only effective 3 percent of the time for kids ages 2 to 17. According to the CDC, that proved it had no real protective benefit.

Mercy has already taken steps to replace FluMist orders across its four states with suitable injectible replacements.

“We want to make sure our patients of all ages are protected against the flu,” said Dr. Joe Kahn, Mercy Kids president. “It’s important to vaccinate against the flu to protect those who are too young or immunocompromised and can't get the vaccine.”

Aside from mentally preparing kids for the idea of a shot, parents don’t need to change anything. Schedule your vaccine appointments as usual with your primary care office. 

Media Contacts

Bethany Pope
St. Louis, St. Charles
Page: (314) 251-6000