The CDC recommended on Wednesday to discontinue the use of the nasal spray flu vaccine for the 2016-2017 flu season due to the data collected showing poor effectiveness.
The nasal spray flu vaccine accounted for about one-third of all flu vaccines given to children. The data collected was collected between 2013 and 2016 and showed little to no benefit among children 2-17 years of age.
The CDC has recommended the annual influenza vaccine for everyone 6-months-old or older since February 2010. The annual flu vaccination in the injectable form is still recommended.
The flu vaccine has an estimated protection of around 49 percent per the U.S. Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network. The estimate suggests that millions were protected against the flu during the last flu season alone.
The CDC says they will be working with manufacturers through the summer to ensure the proper supply is available to meet the flu season demand.
The recommendation must still be reviewed by the CDC’s director before becoming policy
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