Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
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CDC confirms: FluMist nasal spray is less effective than the shot

CDC confirms: FluMist nasal spray is less effective than the shot

Hospitalization rates also went up, particularly for children aged 0 to 4, though they still remain comparatively low after last year's severe flu season.

"We have to take it seriously", said Dr. Jenny Lu. We normally don't see a peak in our flu numbers until around February, so we would definitely recommend that. Thirteen children have died from the flu so far this season.

Doctors say it's primarily the H1N1 strain or so-called "swine flu" that's spreading, which can be more risky to pregnant women, people with chronic conditions and children.

The CDC says that there is high flu activity in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia at this point, along with New York City.

This new study included data from 5 previously published studies on vaccine effectiveness, and included 17,173 children, ages 2 to 17, from 42 states. "If you are young and healthy, it's still important to go get the flu vaccine".

On preventing the flu, she noted the importance of washing hands properly and covering up when sneezing or coughing.

If you do find yourself with a combination of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately and stay home from work and school.

The flu shot was 67-percent effective.

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