Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Should kids get flu shot or nasal spray vaccine?

Should kids get flu shot or nasal spray vaccine?

Ott says the public should not confuse influenza with what some call the "stomach flu" which is actually a gastroenteritis viral infection.

"Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from influenza". "It's the best alternative for those who don't like needles". They hadn't received a flu vaccination, according to the state's department of health.

"Typically, it has to be a healthy person between the ages of 2 and 49", Bhargava explains. However, some people with medical conditions should not receive the nasal spray flu vaccine. Those hospitalized with flu include seven children aged 17 or younger. Parents who have a child who is of the eligible age, are being asked ensure they sign the consent form allowing them to have the flu vaccine at school.

An advantage to the nasal spray, though, is that it's a live vaccine and administered in the nasal passages, Adalja says. Influenza can be especially unsafe for people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children, and people older than 65.

"Ultimately, our goal is to better understand whether standardized approaches of one-size-fits-all for flu vaccines really work, and whether our biological sex is a factor that needs to be considered", Dr. Klein said.

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone ages six months and older get vaccinated for the flu virus.

"The biggest takeaway here is that people who already have heart disease and may be susceptible to heart failure should definitely be vaccinated because influenza is, for the most part, preventable with vaccination", she said.

Flu season runs from October until May, peaking in January and February. Right now, it's early in the flu season and health professionals have just started tracking flu cases and the types of strains that are most common, Illuzzi explains.

"The CDC and local departments of health keep track of this information and report it back to clinicians on a weekly basis", he says.

"I think some parents feel like that's an easier way to get the flu vaccine", Dr. Bhargava says.

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