Everyone get your flu shots! The flu mist (the live attenuated flu vaccination) will again NOT be available this upcoming 2017-2018 flu season. Please call your pediatrician’s office for an appointment of if you have questions. Also, read the link from the AAP regarding more details about the flu vaccination. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2017/09/01/peds.2017-2550
In June 2016, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) made recommendations that, due to poor effectiveness of the live-attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV, FluMist), practices should not use that form of the vaccine for the 2016-17 influenza season and should only use the injectable form, which continues to demonstrate effectiveness. The following link is an article from AAP News.
All KPA offices will only have the injectable form of the flu vaccine in stock for this flu season. Knox County Schools, in conjunction with the Knox County Health Department, are aware of the current recommendations and are working on “how to best move forward” with their in-school vaccination program. Stay tuned for updates on the Knox Co. Schools flu vaccination program. KPA is planning on having enough injectable flu vaccine stocked at each of its five offices for our patients! Plan on scheduling your child/children for their flu shots beginning this fall.
Get your flu shot! The CDC and AAP recommend that everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine. There is currently a production delay of FluMist (nasal spray flu vaccine), making the timing of the availability to both schools and doctor’s offices uncertain. If you are waiting for FluMist to become available, consider getting the injectable flu vaccine instead! A Vanderbilt pediatrician explains more about the FluMist delay.