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CDC Committee Recommends AstraZeneca's FluMist Vaccine For 2018-2019 Season

CDC Committee Recommends AstraZeneca's FluMist Vaccine For 2018-2019 Season

A 6-year-old girl from Hudson County died from the flu February 12 and a 4-year-old girl from central New Jersey was the first when she died in December. FluMist is known as live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV.

ACIP members voted against recommending injected vaccines over FluMist. FluMist Quadrivalent will be available in the US for the 2018-2019 influenza season, pending annual strain approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control said 84 children have died from flu complications since October.

Next flu season you'll be able to get your vaccine without a needle.

Two-panel members said they were anxious about hurting children and further undermining the public's perception of the safety of flu vaccines if FluMist comes back on the market and does not work well.

"In all, we want to give parents and children the broadest choice possible for influenza prevention", said Neuzil, a professor of medicine and pediatrics and director of the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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FluMist stands to represent another option for doctors after a devastating flu season in recent months.

According to an NBC News report, some ACIP members are anxious that an ineffective FluMist will hurt public perceptions, but others argue that the lack of a needle-free option turns kids off getting vaccinated.

But the company that makes FluMist said Wednesday, it has reformulated the vaccine, and tested it in 200 children.

But Grohskopf pointed out that no one can know that until there's a flu season in which H1N1 is the dominant strain.

However, the panel voted 12-2 to include FluMist as an option for next winter's flu season after hearing "data from the vaccine manufacturer about a possible root cause of poor effectiveness against the H1N1 virus in the past and a potential solution to address this", CDC spokesperson Ian Branam told CNN. They must be reformulated every year for the upcoming influenza season.


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