Experts recommend kids stick to the traditional flu vaccine this year

Published: Sep. 7, 2016 at 6:30 PM CDT
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The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) strongly recommends children under 18 to get the traditional flu shot instead of the flu mist nasal spray this year.

The nose spray has the live virus, and according to the Department of Health, doctors originally thought it would give people more protection.

Experts say children who got the spray last year didn't have immunity against the flu they should have had.

"We want to maintain the health of children in our community and in our schools so we're going to recommend that their parents use the injectable form of vaccine which is not a live form," Nancy Tipps, the Clinic Director of the Florida Department of Health in Bay County, said. "We're hoping for a 39 to 50 percent good response from that. So there's still a chance you could get the flu as a child or an adult."

Tipps says if you get the flu, don't go to work or school. Instead, see your doctor, and wash your hands often.

Tipps also says this year's vaccine is a quadrivalent. That is, four different vaccine immunities can be built from the one shot.

"Last year, many people who had the flu had it twice because there were several different strands," she explained. "Sometimes people don't build the immunity. It could just be their body. It could be the area where they live."

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County already has 150 flu shots available. There are two different injectable types: one for babies between six and 35 months. The other is for 36 months and older.

"Everybody should get a shot, but if you're at risk, especially get your flu vaccine," Tipps said.