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Schools, health officials retool flu clinics to offer vaccine injections only

Schools, health officials retool flu clinics to offer vaccine injections only

Fall has arrived — and with it the flu season and those persistent reminders from school, work and elsewhere to get vaccinated.

But protecting children from the flu this year will be a bit more painful. The FluMist nasal spray version of the vaccine popular with needle-averse kids, and their parents, is no longer available.

A task force advising the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended earlier this year that people not use it after studies found it ineffective. Schools, health departments, drugstores and doctors' offices are now stocking up on the injectable flu vaccine. School flu clinics are being retooled for the more time-consuming,...

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