FluMist nasal spray is less effective than the shot — CDC confirms

Henrietta Strickland
January 8, 2019

The flu season in the United States is in full effect, as influenza begins to take hold in states across the country. However, some believe that's too early for the virologists to pronounce since anything can change fast.

Comparing numbers from this flu season to the last one: On December 31, 2017, there were already 364 lab-confirmed cases of influenza in Greene County and 17,182 cases in the state as a whole. That's okay, the doctors say.

The southern U.S. has also been hit particularly hard, covering a swath of 10 states starting from SC and reaching all the way to New Mexico, Utah, and California. New Jersey and NY have also seen a fair share of cases. "We know right now we are going up, we just don't know when it will start coming back down", she added.

For the past two flu seasons, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, a panel of immunization experts, has not recommended the nasal spray. It also examined vaccination status from a previous season. However, that is a deadly flu strain for children, to some extent.

China's current influenza activity level is lower than the same period as in 2018, Authorities have said, citing the latest influenza surveillance statistics.

"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. "When you have a lot more people get sick, you have more people who are hospitalized and more people who die", Brammer concluded.

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