It's OK for doctors to start using a kid-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine again, a federal panel said Wednesday.
This wording puts FluMist on the "recommended" list, which means insurance companies have to pay for its use, without being a strong endorsement.
ACIP members voted against recommending injected vaccines over FluMist.
Two years ago, the advisory group pulled its recommendation for FluMist vaccine after research found it wasn't working against the flu bug making most people sick. The state only tracks flu deaths of children.
Henry Bernstein, DO, professor of pediatrics at Zucker School of Medicine at Hoftstra/Northwell and Cohen Children's Medical Center, said he had a number of concerns. However, it reversed the decision in 2015 because of disappointing performance against the 2009 H1N1 strain, a puzzling development given that scientists in other countries where FluMist is used didn't seem to find the same gap in protection.
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During the committee discussion in the lead-up to the votes, some members said they anxious if the new data on shedding were strong enough evidence of protection, compared with traditional vaccine effectiveness studies. It's been hard for researchers to check how well the revised product works, in part because in the last two years another type of flu - not swine flu - has caused most of each season's illnesses.
Flu symptoms include cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, runny nose, muscle aches, body aches, fevers, chills, headaches, and in some cases, diarrhea and vomiting (or a nightmarish combination of both).
The most common strain of influenza this season is H3N2, which has a more severe impact on the elderly and very young, according to officials.
Lentz said 180 people were vaccinated during this event. According to officials from Frederick Memorial hospital in Frederick, Maryland, an adult, later confirmed to be a 41-year-old woman, passed away due to influenza at the end of January. Lentz said. "So you can see we've really gone up". While the vaccine for the more serious flu viruses, Type A and B, has been shown to be only 36% effective, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still encourage people to get vaccinated to prevent the flu from spreading further.
AstraZeneca says it will supply FluMist to the USA market next season.