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News: Prescriber's Letter August 2016

Vaccines

You'll hear controversy about the efficacy of the intranasal flu vaccine (FluMist)...due to new CDC evidence. 
   It suggests the intranasal vaccine is now only about 3% effective in kids and teens...compared to about 63% with the injectable. 
   This is a surprise. Two years ago, the intranasal vaccine was preferred for most kids ages 2 to 8...since it seemed to work BETTER than the injectable version. 
   Other studies suggest the intranasal form may still be up to 58% effective...and other countries may continue to recommend it this year. 
   No one knows for sure why efficacy varies. One theory is the intranasal form might not work as well after repeat vaccinations. 

 For now, don't plan on giving the intranasal vaccine.

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