A-choo! Virginia's nightmare flu season isn't over - but it's getting there

Flu shot

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the use of its FluMist Quadrivalent vaccine in the upcoming flu season, reversing its earlier position.

A federal panel says it's OK for doctors to start using a kid-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine again.

An official from AstraZeneca, the company that makes FluMist, said the problem with the vaccine has been identified and corrected. They changed the wording to say it's up to doctors to choose. FluMist never lost its approval from the Food and Drug Administration, but vaccine providers usually don't even make a product available unless it has an ACIP endorsement.

Henry Bernstein, DO, professor of pediatrics at Zucker School of Medicine at Hoftstra/Northwell and Cohen Children's Medical Center, said he had a number of concerns.

San Diego's flu-death total for the season is now at 269 people.

But others said they were equally anxious that kids are not being vaccinated against flu because the needle-free option is not available, and they noted that FluMist is clearly better than not getting vaccinated at all.

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During the committee discussion in the lead-up to the votes, some members said they anxious if the new data on shedding were strong enough evidence of protection, compared with traditional vaccine effectiveness studies. However, it reversed the decision in 2015 because of disappointing performance against the 2009 H1N1 strain, a puzzling development given that scientists in other countries where FluMist is used didn't seem to find the same gap in protection.

As the flu continues to be unrelenting in pediatric cases throughout the state, the CDC wants parents to consider getting a second flu shot for their children.

There's some good news for expecting moms who are trying to weather a brutal flu season - a new study shows that getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy causes no harm to newborns. This past year, H3N2 has dominated.

"None of us knows what is going to happen", she said.

Health officials are urging people living with high-risk individuals - such as infant children, pregnant women, those with respiratory issues, and the elderly - to get vaccinated. Unlike other flu vaccines made from killed virus, it is made from a live but weakened flu virus.

- AstraZeneca Plc said on Wednesday an advisory committee of the U.S.

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