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Flu shot season; nasal spray not an option this year

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When it comes to getting a flu vaccine this Fall, there's a change you need to know about.

Now that students are back at school and the weather is changing, it's time for people to get their flu shots.

This year, both the CDC and The American Academy of Pediatrics say the "nasal spray" form of the flu vaccine is not effective. 

A pediatrician at Covenant Medical Center says in the past few years, about half of their patients ask for the nasal spray instead of the shot.

He predicts this Fall, less people will get their flu shot.

"I don't want people to steer away from a flu vaccine just because it's not the flu mist. We need to be taking the flu seriously. It may be a serious flu season this year. We haven't really had a bad flu season for some time, and already this year, I've seen a patient who had influenza just last week. I've never seen  influenza in September," Dr. Brian Sims says.  

This is not permanent.The nasal spray option is just not available this Fall.

In the past, the CDC said of all the flu vaccines given to children, about one third of them are the nasal spray. 

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