Flu Shot More Effective Than Nasal Vaccine

Flu Season Got Off to a Slow Start. But Now It's Widespread in Almost Half the Country

Flu Season Got Off to a Slow Start. But Now It's Widespread in Almost Half the Country

Hospitalization rates also went up, particularly for children aged 0 to 4, though they still remain comparatively low after last year's severe flu season.

"But as we see a jump in activity as we did this week, we would expect an increase in hospitalizations, and unfortunately, probably an increase in mortality", Brammer said. "But what do we do for the flu basically we treat the symptoms", Butterfield added.

Flu season is well underway in the U.S. There have been 136 cases of influenza reported to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department so far this season, which started earlier than normal in mid-October. Whether or not children did or did not have the flu vaccine in the previous season did not affect the results.

This new study included data from 5 previously published studies on vaccine effectiveness, and included 17,173 children, ages 2 to 17, from 42 states.

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Additionally, these researchers said 'more research is needed to determine whether similar findings would emerge in data from other flu seasons'.

"We definitely are seeing a younger population being affected by the flu", said Dr. Lu. The flu is typically spread between person to person by coughing and sneezing.

The flu shot, as many know, contains an inactivated strain of the flu, while the nasal spray, FluMist, has a live - yet severely weakened - influenza vaccine.

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