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CDC advisory panel recommends against using nasal spray version of flu vaccine

CDC advisory panel recommends against using nasal spray version of flu vaccine

Children getting the flu vaccine later this year likely won’t be able to avoid a shot after a government advisory panel said the popular nasal spray version doesn’t work.

Looking at three years of data on infected kids, the panel found decreasing effectiveness of the spray known by its brand name FluMist, which is manufactured by Gaithersburg-based MedImmune.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which guides the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommended that people no longer use it.

The spray makes up just eight percent of the nation’s total vaccine supply but about a third of children older than 2 now get it, according...

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