"Everyone over 6 months of age should get their flu vaccine before Halloween," said Atlanta pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu, who is a member of the academy but was not involved in the new recommendations. "Don't go trick-or-treating unless you've had your flu shot."
Many pediatricians will be offering their patients both the standard flu shot and FluMist nasal spray. The flu shot
contains dead influenza virus strains, while the nasal spray contains weakened viruses. The flu shot is the academy's first choice for children 6 months and older because it has provided the most consistent protection against all strains of the virus in recent years. FluMist
may also be used for the 2018-19 season.
The nasal spray has not been recommended for the previous two flu seasons because it was less powerful against some strains of influenza, the pediatrics group said.
Shu explained that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation
differs from that of the academy; the CDC says that either the flu shot ...