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Flu shot or FluMist? People have options this year

Eddie Garcia
October 25, 2018 05:12 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - For the first time in two years, the Centers for Disease Control has made the FluMist available.

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In 2016, the CDC said FluMist was not as effective as the vaccine. 

"This year, the manufacturer of FluMist tweaked the vaccine a little bit and tried to improve it to address some of those concerns," said Dr. Walter Dehority, an associate professor of pediatric infectious diseases at UNM.

The CDC doesn't recommend the flu shot over the FluMist or vice-versa.

However, Dr. Dehority said a major medical organization has its preference.

"The American Academy of Pediatrics, citing some concerns of a lack of data on this new formulation and the fact it hasn't worked well in the last two years, are a little more cautionary and state it can be used in certain circumstances such as a child who doesn't want to receive a shot from a needle," said Dehority.

Still, Dr. Dehority recommends either vaccination this flu season.

"If you're vaccinated, you're much less likely to get the flu and even if you do get influenza after a flu vaccine, studies have shown it's going to be much less serious," said Dehority.

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