Flu nasal spray found no less effective than flu shot in study

Flu nasal spray found no less effective than flu shot in study

A new study by the American College of Physicians showed that flu nasal spray is as effective as flu shot. The study has contradicted the previous studies that claimed the opposite. To get immunization against flu, one needs to get vaccinated. The question arises is whether vaccination received through flu nasal spray is equally benefiting as via flu shot. The answer seems like is yes.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all individuals over the age of 6 months should be given flu vaccine every year by the end of October. Vaccination against flu is very important as this can reduce flu related illnesses and hospitalization. This also reduces the chances for flu to spread from one individual to another.

As per the recently made estimates, the proportions of people in different ages receiving an influenza vaccination in past 1 year were 49.9% for children aged between 6 months and 17 years, for those falling between 18 to 49 years were 31.2% to be vaccinated, while 45.5% of those in ages from 59 to 64 years receive vaccination. Those who were 65 years old or above, 70% among them received protection against flu.

The flu vaccine available for use is inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) and recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). Both of these are given through shots. There is another vaccine named the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV). It is also known as nasal spray flu vaccine. However, recently the Center for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) advised that the nasal spray flu vaccine should not be part of this year’s flu season.

The new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has discovered that flu nasal spray gave similar protection to children as the flu shots did.


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