New Recommendation for Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine
Previously the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommended the nasal spray flu vaccine, FluMist for children only aged 5 yrs. and older. The recommendation was also limited to those who had no history of asthma or wheezing.
The new recommendation now expands this spray for healthy children 2 to 4 yrs. old. This is a great alternative to parents with toddlers and young children who are afraid of needles, or the parents who wish to spare their own child the needle. The nasal spray flu, sometimes called LAIV (Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine) or FluMist became available in 2003, and is a weakened live virus administered through spraying in the nose.
If your child is about to get the vaccine, be sure to remember that the needle is not your only option.