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August 28, 2019 - Do You Have Questions About Flu Mist?

CDC recommends a flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and up with no preference for any type. 
  • A flu vaccine offers the best defense against getting flu and spreading it to others.
  • Getting vaccinated can reduce flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, missed work and school days, and prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths in children. Click here to learn more about the benefits of flu vaccine in children. 
  • Side effects of flu mist include runny nose or nasal congestion, wheezing and headache. Flu shot side effects include soreness, redness, and swelling where shot is given, fever, muscle aches, and headache.  Remember that these are mild side effects and signs that the vaccine is working; it does not mean your child has influenza.
Flu Mist was taken off market for 2 years due to ineffectiveness; it has been changed to make it more effective.  
  • One of the strains (H1N1, an A strain) was not working properly as it was not reproducing the way it is supposed to create an immune response.
  • In 2017, the company that makes Flu Mist replaced that strain with one that has shown to work well.
  • Data from England showed that the new flu mist was effective against influenza A/H1N1 when H1N1 was the main circulating strain.H1N1 was the main type of influenza in the 2018-19 season.US data is not available.
  • We do not have data to compare the effectiveness of flu mist vs. the flu shot.What we know is that in the last flu season (2018-19), flu vaccine reduced the risk of getting sick from the flu by 61% in children.(CDC)
  • This 2017 study stated that flu vaccine is 65% effective against flu related death; the authors concluded that increasing flu vaccination could prevent flu related deaths among children and adolescents.
Flu is serious and healthy people, including children, have died from it.
  • 127 children died in the U.S. from flu last season. (CDC)
  • Half of the children who died from flu from 2015-2019 were healthy, with no other medical conditions. (CDC)
  • The flu is not just a bad cold; it can make your child miserable. Symptoms include fever, cough, chills, body aches and extreme fatigue and weakness.
  • Flu is very contagious and children can catch it from people who cough, sneeze or even just talk around him/her.
Remember that getting your child's flu vaccine at school saves time and money!  If your child did not bring a consent form home, click here to print and complete.