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Flu shot encouraged over nasal mist

flu shot The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are recommending the flu shot over the nasal spray vaccine this 2016-17 season.

The CDC reports that over the past three seasons, FluMist, the nasal spray vaccine, did not protect against certain strains of the flu. In children ages 2 to 17, it was only 3 percent effective against the virus last year, compared with 63 percent for the shot. FluMist is usually more popular for children, but should be avoided by children and adults alike this year.

Protect your family by making sure everyone ages 6 months and older is immunized this season. While your child might balk at getting a shot, reassure them, explaining it can help keep them healthy. Two seconds of pain could prevent two weeks in bed!