Q: Will my child be able to get the FluMist nasal spray this fall?

The FluMist nasal spray was a popular way to vaccinate children against the flu without a needle. But in 2016, health officials discovered that the vaccine was less effective against the H1N1 strain of influenza that has been prevalent in recent years. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommended against the nasal spray for 2016-17 flu season.

That led to a 1.6 percent drop in vaccination rates among children in the United States, according to a recent study.

CDC officials continue to recommend against the use of FluMist for the 2017-18 season. However, the vaccine is still approved by the Food and Drug Administration and some clinics may continue to stock FluMist this year.

— Markian Hawryluk, The Bulletin

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