FluMist Replaces Flu Shot
Thu Oct 25 2007
Terrifying childhood memories involving long, sharp needles and multiple doctors restraining flailing limbs may soon be a thing of the past. FluMist, a nasal spray vaccine, has been declared safe by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to administer to children 2 and older, in place of the traditional flu shot. Parents younger than 50 are welcome to evade the needle as well, you know, to avoid reliving their traumatic experiences.
Reports vary in affirming the effectiveness of the vaccine, as compared to the traditional shot. The old method is still primarily recommended by the advisory for children ages 6 months to 5 years and those over 50 due to their extreme susceptibility to the flu and flu complications; but the Center for Disease Control reports evidence that FluMist is 2 percent more effective in young recipients. Complicating matters further, CBS reported an experiment conducted by The University of Michigan which proved the flu shot to be more effective in adults.
The bottom line, however, is that FluMist is a useful alternative for children who go into a fit of hysterics every time that dreaded, pointy device comes into view.
The downside for kids to a needle-free flu shot? Parents won’t feel compelled to take their trembling tots to eat sugary treats as a reward for being so brave. If your little hero isn’t eligible for FluMist (children with a history of asthma or wheezing are not), check out these sugar emporiums that will have the whole episode forgotten before you can say “cream puff!”