Ask the VEC: Why Shouldn’t I Get Nasal Spray Influenza Vaccine?

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Q: I heard that I should not get the nasal spray influenza vaccine this year. Why is that?

A: The nasal spray influenza vaccine is not recommended this year because it has not been effective in recent years. Researchers are trying to determine why this happened, but until then the vaccine should not be used. For more information, watch this short video of Dr. Paul Offit, VEC Director, discussing the recommendation. 

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