Alberta Health will not be following suit with the U.S. by recommending against the nasal spray flu vaccine for children.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and US Centres for Disease Control both found the mist form of the vaccine is not as effective as the shot.
But our province says Canada’s immunization advisory committee is no longer recommending it as the preferred product for children. Instead parents will be given a choice of either flu mist or the needle form of the vaccine for their kids.
Here is the statement from Alberta Health in an email to News Talk 770:
- Alberta follows the recommendations from Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization, which has completed a review of the FluMist vaccine. The review showed that FluMist is a safe and effective product.
- The committee continues to recommend that FluMist be used, but it no longer recommends it as the preferred product for children. The committee now recommends that children be immunized with either FluMist or a needle-form of the flu vaccine.
- Immunization is the best way for Albertans to protect themselves and others against influenza and we encourage Albertans to get immunized each season.
Meanwhile, Dr. Glen Armstrong, with the Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the U of C stresses the flu mist isn’t harmful.
“It’s not like they’ve found the preparation is harmful. It’s just that they’ve determined that it’s really not effective and in order to protect kids properly against the flu they’re recommending, down there, that kids be vaccinated with the shot.”
Flu shots will be available in Canada as of October 20th.