ANCHOR LEAD: A FLU VACCINE ADMINSTERED THROUGH THE NOSE IS BETTER FOR KIDS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
The influenza vaccine called FluMist, which is administered as a liquid into the nasal cavity, provides better protection against the flu in children than traditional injections, a recent study reported. Cecilia Johnston, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins, says that’s good news for parents.
JOHNSTON: The flu is an important problem for kids. The recommendations are that for children who are between six and fifty-nine months of age that they get vaccinations because they are actually more susceptible for complications of influenza infection. This was a study comparing the influenza injection, the shot, versus the new live attenuated vaccine called Flu Mist, and they found that the Flu Mist was actually better at preventing influenza versus the shot. :29
While many parents dislike watching their young children receive immunizations, FluMist dosen’t hurt and seems to provide better protection. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.