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To ward off flu: Shot or nasal spray? Depends on age

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When it comes to flu vaccines, most kids clearly and loudly prefer the nasal spray over the traditional shot in the arm.

As it turns out, those instincts are right on the nose.

With mounting evidence that the FluMist nasal spray works much better in kids than an injection, flu experts are considering whether the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should actually steer young children toward the less painful alternative.

The deliberations reflect a growing sense among infectious disease experts that people of different ages may get better protection from different types of vaccines, says Gregory Poland, a professor at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and an adviser to the CDC.
 
 

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