Monday, 23 September, 2019


ACIP Votes in Favor of Intransal Flu Vaccine Flumist Quadrivalent

ACIP Votes in Favor of Intransal Flu Vaccine Flumist Quadrivalent ACIP Votes in Favor of Intransal Flu Vaccine Flumist Quadrivalent
Patty Aguilar | 23 February, 2018, 01:32

AstraZeneca said in a statement that researchers tested the new version of FluMist on 200 USA kids aged 2 to 4, and found it was 23 percent effective in preventing the flu.

After two years of very minimal use in the U.S., AstraZeneca's FluMist is one step closer to making its return next flu season thanks to a Wednesday recommendation from the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

The only non-injected flu vaccine is back on the recommended list for the 2018-19 flu season, although the strain still needs to be approved by the U.S. Instead, it's now just up to doctors as to whether they choose to use it or not. A 6-year-old girl from Hudson County died from the flu February 12 and a 4-year-old girl from central New Jersey was the first when she died in December.

FluMist stands to represent another option for doctors after a devastating flu season in recent months.

The vaccine remains on the recommended list in Canada and the European Union.

The ACIP's decision to re-endorse FluMist is less about any improvements in its efficacy, than in the thinking that needle-averse patients like children (and really, does anyone want to get a flu shot?) will be more likely to take an inhaled flu vaccine. The CDC is expected to take the committee's advice.

About 84 children in the United States have died from the flu as of February 10, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But others said they were equally anxious that kids are not being vaccinated against flu because the needle-free option is not available, and they noted that FluMist is clearly better than not getting vaccinated at all. This past year, H3N2 has dominated.

FluMist is a little different from other vaccines because not only is it spritzed up the nose, but it uses "live" flu virus.

Limited quantities for the current flu season are available, according to the company.

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