As of last week, influenza has sent 3,550 people to the hospital in the state. FluMist never lost its approval from the Food and Drug Administration, but vaccine providers usually don't even make a product available unless it has an ACIP endorsement.
The AstraZeneca product was once considered the best childhood flu vaccine on the market and accounted for about a third of all child vaccinations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu vaccine every year, but fewer than half of all Americans do.
At today's ACIP meeting, the company presented findings from a United States study in children ages 2 to 4 on shedding and antibody responses of the H1N1 strain in the latest version of the quadrivalent vaccine.
"Hopefully, the study will help to increase immunization rates of pregnant women as they - and the fetus they are carrying - are at particular risk for severe complications of these vaccine-preventable infections", said Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
Professor Dr. Henry Bernstein from the Cohen Children's Medical Center, New York stated that, "I have real mixed emotions about this because I think we want to protect as many people as we can, particularly, as a pediatrician, for children".
Studies have suggested that while FluMist fell down against swine flu, it has been effective against other types of flu.
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The CDC reports the flu is to blame for the death of 84 children during this brutal season. "Advil or Tylenol, to reduce the fever, and you need to make sure you're drinking lots of fluids...again, good hand-washing and just, you know, staying away from other people to prevent the spread of it". Out of those visits, 137 students came in with flu symptoms and 20 were confirmed cases.
It said the results showed that the new 2017-18 post-pandemic 2009 H1N1 LAIV strain (A/Slovenia) performed significantly better than the 2015-16 post-pandemic LAIV strain (A/Bolivia).
The predominant influenza strain circulating in San Diego and across the country this season is H3N2. Lentz said. "So you can see we've really gone up".
Other ACIP members aired concerns that flu vaccine effectiveness often crops up as a serious issue with flu vaccines, in general, and they wondered if the committee was holding FluMist to a different standard.
- AstraZeneca Plc said on Wednesday an advisory committee of the U.S.