CDC officials warn against flu nasal spray vaccine

TRI-CITIES, TN/VA (WJHL) – This year, medical professionals across the country are pulling the nasal spray flu vaccine from their shelves.

Recently the Centers for Disease Control released findings that revealed last year, the flu nasal vaccine was not as effective as the flu shot.

For that reason the CDC said it does not recommend using or administering the nasal spray to those wanting a flu vaccine.

“They don’t want it given this year. Now, they’re saying for the year 2016-2017 right now, whether they’re going to alter the way it’s done and try it again,” said Mountain States Health alliance Urgent Care Medical Director Dr. Tim Schwob.

Schwob told News Channel 11, the Tri-Cities flu season typically runs from December to January and most doctors suggest getting a flu vaccination before early November.

This year’s first flu related death was recently reported in North Carolina on Friday.

According to the CDC typically the flu shot is between 50% and 60% effective in preventing the flu.


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