It’s BAACK! New Flu Season, New Round in Vaccine Debate

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| Maggie Fox, NBC News – People wondering about flu shots got some very specific guidance last week: Pediatricians say kids should get a shot if possible and not the FluMist nasal spray, and a major hospital group says it’s choosing egg-free vaccines for patients and staff.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends shots for children of all ages, even though the needle-free vaccine will be available, saying the shots work better. FluMist is an alternative for children who completely refuse to get a shot, the AAP says in its latest guidelines.

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And the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is taking that a step further, saying it will only be buying the two egg-free vaccines on the market: Flucelvax and FluBlok.

That’s because there is some evidence these two formulations may work better than the older vaccines grown in eggs, said Dr. Richard Zimmerman, who advises the UPMC Influenza Committee.

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“The egg-free vaccines appear to have perhaps a 10 percent higher effectiveness over the traditional egg-based vaccines,” Zimmerman said in an interview.

“Given the recent information about the egg-free vaccine, I plan for my family to get the egg-free this year.”

Both decisions go further than the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says everyone over the age of six months should get a flu vaccine.

CDC does not recommend one flu vaccine over another. The most important thing is for all people six months and older to get a flu vaccine every year,” the CDC says.

But it is also known that flu vaccines in general do not protect people as well as most other vaccines do. Read the full story at TODAY. 

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