ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Although the nasal flu mist may be easier than the shot, the needle is back in Vogue. Dr. Kristen Bruno, a pediatrician at St. Peter's Mercy Clinic Location, joins us with a new recommendation from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The CDC no longer recommends the nasal flu mist, saying that the flumist has performed poorly compared to injectible versions the past few years. The nasal flu mist won't even be available in the U.S. this year.
So, you now that you know, you need to prepare your kids! Depending on the child's age and temperament, it could work to begin conversations early so they have time to mentally prepare for the shot. But if you have a child with shot anxiety, you should minimize how much you talk about shots.
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. It's available beginning in August.
To learn about the upcoming flu season mercy.net/fluvaccine