FluMist won’t be offered as option this year

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There’s big news from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The child-friendly FluMist will not be offered this year.

It leaves parents with just one option for the flu vaccine: a shot.

News 2 spoke with Dr. William Schaffner at Vanderbilt University about the announcement.

“FluMist has under-performed very substantially for the past three years for reasons that continue to be scientific mystery, and so the CDC advisory committee and the American Academy of Pediatrics said, you know, until we get more information, we need to put FluMist aside,” the doctor explained.

Schaffner also says there’s hope FluMist will be able to be used again at some point in the future.

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