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AAP Prefers Flu Shot over Nasal Spray as an Effective Vaccination

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9 Sep 2016 - General
 

 

 The American Academy of Pediatrics has published a new policy this month, specifically recommends against the use of the live attenuated influenza vaccine nasal spray this year because it was only 3% effective during the previous influenza season.

 Instead, AAP recommends the inactivated influenza vaccine (trivalent or quadrivalent) for the upcoming influenza season because it was 63% effective against circulating strains in 2015 to 2016, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In addition, the group continued to recommend mandatory influenza vaccination for all healthcare workers.

 In addition, the group supports mandatory influenza vaccines for all healthcare personal. "Mandatory influenza immunization for all [healthcare providers] is ethical, just, and necessary to improve patient safety. Employees of health care institutions are obligated to act in the best interests of the health of their patients and to honor the requirement of causing no harm," the authors write.

Sources:

http://www.aappublications.org/news/2016/06/22/InfluenzaVaccine062216
https://www.aap.org/en-us/Documents/immunization_influenza_implementation_guidance.pdf
https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Issues-Flu-Vaccine-Recommendations-for-2016-17-Season.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR:+No+local+token

I think they have to improve and research further the viability of the nasal spray. Here in the Philippines, I think flu shots are more of an option only, as not many people can afford the vaccinations. Also, I'm not sure whether health care professionals who work for the government are mandated to get these shots and if they are provided for free, but from what I assume, I don't think this is the case. From what I know, flu vaccines are mostly offered by private practitioners, especiall...
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