CDC committee recommends not using nasal spray flu vaccine for upcoming flu season

ATLANTA (CNN) – Flu vaccines are about to get more painful for a lot of people.

A CDC advisory committee recommends that FluMist, the nasal spray influenza vaccine, should not be used during the upcoming flu season.

The committee found FluMist performed “quite poorly” compared to the injectable vaccine.

An alternative to the standard flu shot, FluMist was approved by the FDA in 2003, for people between the ages of two and 49 years old.

The change will have a big impact on kids, an estimated one-third of all flu vaccinations to kids are in the nasal spray form.

The CDC committee, which includes 15 immunization experts, reviewed data from previous flu seasons, including the most recent season, comparing FluMist with the standard flu shot.

The decision must now be approved by the CDC director before taking effect.

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