COLUMBUS, Ga.- The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recently voted that the nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season.
During the summer data was collected to test the effectiveness of the nasal spray among children ages 2- 17 years old.
The results showed the flu virus was only 3% effective.
The committee’s recommendation may affect pediatricians and other vaccine providers for children because nasal spray vaccines are 1/3 of all flu vaccines given to children.
The CDC will be working with manufacturers throughout the summer to ensure there is enough vaccine supply to meet the demand.