After not being available for two flu seasons, the Center for Disease Control voted to bring back flu mist, but does it stack up to the shot?
The American Academy of Pediatrics stands behind the shot, but says that if it comes down to a child not getting a flu vaccine at all, then the mist would be an option.
The Academy says it can be given as a last resort, but may leave your child at a higher risk for flu.
They also say the mist is not recommended for children under 2 or those with chronic medical conditions, like asthma.
“We do want them to get that vaccine and so if a flu mist is their option,” said Sara Sparkman, Tazewell Co. Health Department. “We do recommend the flu shot because it is a better effectiveness, but the flu mist is also an option for people who just totally do not want to get a shot.”
The Peoria County Health Department and the McLean County Health Department do not currently offer the mist, but they do offer the shot.
The Tazewell County Health Department offers both.
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