“This is great news,” says Jacobson. “There are people out there — children, parents, young adults — who would prefer not getting the injection if they can get the nasal spray. And, while I think people have worked very hard to convince our patients to get the injected form, I know there are a lot of holdouts that are so glad this is back. This will support rapid vaccination in schools and in other practices where needles are not as welcome, and will help people who have fear or struggle with the idea of the flu vaccine.”
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices did not recommend FluMist during the 2016-2018 flu seasons because it had shown to have poor efficacy in prevention over the injectable vaccine with H1N1.