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Nasal spray flu vaccine may be back next season

Nasal spray flu vaccine may be back next season

The nasal spray version of the flu vaccine, popular with children but largely unavailable this season due to questions about its effectiveness, is likely to return next fall.

That could increase the number of children who get vaccinated and at least partially protected from the flu virus, which has contributed to the deaths of 84 children since October and is likely to produce record hospitalizations, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An expert panel voted Wednesday to recommend use of FluMist and the CDC is likely to accept the recommendation, according to Dr. Kathleen M. Neuzil, a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization...

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