February 27, 2018 05:35 PM
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- This flu season is one that many of us will likely remember. It's been one of the deadliest in recent memory.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is re-introducing an old friend to fight the flu next season, FluMist.
“It’s back,” said Mayo Clinic Pediatrician Dr. Robert Jacobson. “We have evidence that it works as well as its injected form and that it can be recommended again by the advisory committee on immunization practices and other groups that make recommendations for our country.”
Dr. Jacobson says in past years, the CDC hasn't recommended the FluMist because it wasn't providing enough protection.
“While I think people have worked very hard to convince our patients to get the injected form, I know there are a lot of holdouts that are so glad this is back,” Jacobson said.
Someone who’s particularly excited, Pine Island School District Nurse Kimberly Pokrandt.
“The mist is just so much easier for those little ones. They did a really great job with the injection but school-age kids remember the mist and they really want the mist” Pokrandt said.
The flu was spread throughout the pine island school district but because such a large percentage of students were vaccinated, that spread ended quickly.
“The kids who did have the injection this year didn't have such severe symptoms as those who didn't have the injection,” Pokrandt said.
As always, the CDC recommends getting the flu vaccination regardless.
“This will support rapid vaccination in schools and in other practices where needles are not as welcome and will help people who have fear or struggle with the idea of the flu vaccine,” Jacobson said.
There is a new development in overall ways to treat the flu. Health experts expressed interest in the drug, Xofluza, recently approved in Japan that supposedly kills the flu virus in 24 hours.
It's unclear if and when that drug would make it to the U.S. Until then, many are happy the flu mist will make a stronger return.
Created: February 27, 2018 05:35 PM
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