There are bound to be a lot more tears this flu season now that but those looking to get flu shots this year will be stuck (literally) getting inject able Vaccines after the CDC announced it was no longer authorizing the use of the nasal sprays made popular last year.
Although hyped as painless alternative to old-fashioned hypodermic needles, government studies have found that FluMist did not protect against certain influenza strains as well as regular flu shots. In fact, the nasal spray offered no protective benefits for kids 2-17 years old during the 2015-2016 season, while kids who got shots were said to be 63% less likely to get sick than people who were not vaccinated.
The CDC urges a yearly vaccination for just about everyone starting at 6 months of age, and stated that the respiratory illness is most perilous for very young children, as well as people over age 65, pregnant women and folks with certain health conditions such as asthma or heart disease. In fact, it is estimated that the flu is responsible for more than 24,000 deaths each year, including nearly 100 kids.
Although the vaccines (which are manufacture red using killed flu virus) are never perfect, they can still reduce the risk of getting the flue by 50%-60% in most people or at least allow those who do get sick to come down with much milder cases than those who go unvaccinated.
While flu season typically peaks around January and February, shipments of vaccines are expected to be available at doctor’s offices, clinics and various chain pharmacies within the next few weeks, and despite the withdrawal of the nasal spray, the CDC anticipated that there would be enough vaccine
Meanwhile, shot shy adults will be able to opt for a version of Sanofi’s FluZone can be given “intradermally,” using tiny needles to penetrate the skin instead of muscle, as well as a version of Seqiris’ Afluria vaccine which can be delivered via a needle-free device called a jet injector that forces the vaccine into a stream of liquid that penetrates the skin.
Although strains of flu vary from year to year, typical 3-componet vaccines recommended for the 2016-2017 season are being made to fight the A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus; A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus; and B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (B/Victoria lineage), while 4-component vaccines such as Sanofi’s High-Dose Fluzone, will; also include an additional B virus called B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage).
It should be noted that people who are allergic to eggs still need to consult with their physicians before getting a flu vaccine, particularly those have experienced past reactions to eggs including angioedema, respiratory distress, lightheadedness, or recurrent emesis; as well as those who have required epinephrine or another emergency medical intervention.
Those, however, who have only experienced hives may still be candidates for the regularly licensed vaccines, although it is recommended that they be administered in a medical setting and be supervised by a health care provider able to handle severe allergic conditions.
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