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
It may seem a little early to start talking about the flu, but there are recent publications providing important preliminary recommendations for the upcoming flu season. Notable is the recommendation that live attenuated influenza virus (LAIV) vaccine (i.e. Flumist) NOT be used for the 2017-18 season so prepare your children for injectable flu vaccine only! This is doubtful to change when final guidelines from the CDC come out later this summer. According to the CDC there were 99 pediatric deaths due to influenza this past season. That’s 99 too many in my opinion! KPA is already preparing for the 2017-18 influenza season and will let you know soon when we’ll begin flu shots. Click here to link to an important article from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
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.