That said, parents who have concerns about allergies or possible reactions to the shot should talk with their doctors, she said. Both standard vaccines and nasal sprays are recommended for the 2018-2019 flu season. The flu shot also tends to be more effective in children.
This vaccine's shipping delay may negativity impact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggestion that everyone over 6 months of age receive the annual flu shot prior to November 1st.
Separately, researchers reported that they found no evidence of increased risk of subsequent asthma diagnosis among children younger than 3 years of age who received a LAIV, administered as a nasal spray. Still, AAP says the effectiveness of the latest version remains an unknown against the strain. About 180 children under age 18 died from the flu during the 2017-18 flu season.
"The AAP feels that the flu shot should be the primary vaccine choice for all children", Henry Bernstein, MD, a pediatrician at New Hyde Park, N.Y. -based Northwell Health and an ex-officio member of the AAP's committee on infectious diseases, told STAT.
Following last year's particularly severe flu season, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recommending that all children aged 6 months and older get a flu shot as soon as the vaccines become available by the end of October.More news: 'It wasn't me': Senior Trump advisors disavow 'gutless' article
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Stick with the flu shot (for everyone) rather than the nasal mist. "That's the persona of flu."Thanks to this random nature, Fauci recommends most all people salvage vaccinated in opposition to the virus".
While the flu shot is not ideal - during last year's brutal flu season, it was only about 36% effective - the CDC still recommends getting one, since they can reduce the chances of getting and spreading the flu and the severity of any illnesses that do occur.
While it's hard to predict the severity of a flu season, Fauci said Australia just wrapped up a mild flu season, "so we're hoping for the best this year".
A universal flu shot "is not going to come overnight. It's likely to be an iterative process where we do better each season by getting broader coverage and more potent coverage of influenza". "So different from diseases like measles and polio that stay essentially stable, and you just got to vaccinate once or get infected, and essentially, you're good for life". That's not the case with flu.