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Students will be offered flu shots, not nasal spray, again this year

Students will be offered flu shots, not nasal spray, again this year

The push to get children vaccinated against the flu will soon begin in earnest, but for the second year in a row the kids will have to endure a shot instead of the painless nasal spray most prefer.

The spray, FluMist, was deemed so ineffective by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that authorities recommended against using it last year.

That prompted some school systems, including those in Harford and Anne Arundel counties, to cancel or scale back vaccination clinics rather than subject students to arm pricks out of sight of their parents.

The move concerned health advocates, who point out that thousands of people, including healthy children, die every...

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