AAP Prefers Flu Shot over Nasal Spray as an Effective VaccinationCreated by:
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.