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Is FluMist Available This Year? (2016-2017 Flu Season FAQs)

October 21, 2019

Flu season is upon us so it’s important
that your child be vaccinated against influenza. It’s certainly not too early
to receive the vaccine now, but if you’re not able to do so, receiving vaccine in upcoming months is
appropriate as well. FluMist is not recommended this year and,
in fact, isn’t even available for your child to receive. The nasal flu vaccine
is not an option this year because it was found to not be effective in
defending your kids against flu. The effectiveness of FluMist was found to be
only three percent in children up to 18 years of age. Instead, it’s important that
all children, especially those with chronic conditions, receive a flu vaccine
in the form of injection this year. Flu vaccine is recommended down to age six
months of age and, in some children, two doses are needed the first year that
they received the vaccine. If your child’s afraid of needles or shots, it’s important to come prepared to help
facilitate giving the immunization. Distracting a child can be a very
effective way to help ease the pain of receiving the injection. Bringing a
favorite toy or maybe a device, such as an iPad or phone, and letting your
child play with the device while preparing for the shot and receiving the
shot can be a way to help ease the fear and the pain. While it’s important for your child to
receive the flu shot, it’s also important for you and other families to be
vaccinated as well. I’m Lila Kerts with the allergy program at St. Louis
Children’s Hospital. Be sure to check out our other videos on our Channel.

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