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Pediatricians don't recommend FluMist vaccine

Posted: 9:16 AM, Sep 07, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-07 13:16:05Z

The American Academy of Pediatrics says you should avoid the only flu vaccine this year that doesn't require  a needle .

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated FluMist during the summer and found the nasal spray was only  3 percent  effective in children 2 years old and up during the last flu season.

Flu shots aren't 100 percent effective, but the CDC found they protected  two-thirds  of the children during the same period.

AstraZeneca, the maker of FluMist,  tried to appeal  to the CDC and cited several international studies that showed its drug was as effective.

But the recommendations the CDC's investigative committee makes usually direct what vaccines are available in the U.S., and  NBC reports  that clinics have been quick to cancel FluMist orders since the CDC's finding.

The  American Academy of Pediatrics  recommends all children older than 6 months get vaccinated each season.

Unfortunately for kids scared of needles, the flu shot is the only recommended option this time around.