Recently, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a group of medical and public health experts regarding the use of vaccines in the U.S. who advise the CDC, made a recommendation NOT to use the intranasal or nasal spray flu vaccine during the upcoming 2016-2017 flu season due to a decline in its effectiveness over time. It is important to remember this is only a recommendation for the nasal spray vaccine. The injectable flu vaccine (flu shot) continues to demonstrate effectiveness in preventing flu.
What we know:
- This recommendation is due to a lack of effectiveness over time. There are no safety concerns regarding the nasal spray vaccine.
- The injectable vaccine is effective and safe.
- We expect there to be enough injectable flu vaccine for everyone who wants to be vaccinated.
We are looking at our in-school flu vaccination program to determine how best to proceed with injectable flu vaccine (flu shots). We know this program is a convenient way for parents to get their children vaccinated. This collaborative effort also creates a healthier community and helps keep our children in school and schools open. Therefore, all decisions made on the program will be in concert with Knox County Schools, our staff, parents and the community. Please check back for more information.
If you have questions about influenza vaccination, we encourage you to ask your school nurse, call your doctor’s office, or go to www.cdc.gov. If you have questions about the vaccination clinics, please click here to email us.