We understand that parents have heard different reports about FluMist over the past few months.
In Alberta, we follow the recommendations from Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization.
The Committee reviewed recent research, and found that nasal spray influenza vaccine products (FluMist), are still safe and effective for children.
The Committee still recommends FluMist as one of the immunization products to be offered to children this influenza season. What's different is that it is not the only preferred product for children this season.
In alignment the Committee’s recommendation, FluMist will be offered in Alberta’s Influenza Immunization Clinics. Parents will have the opportunity to choose between the nasal spray FluMist immunization product, and a injectible (needle) immunization product.
Again, both products are safe and effective for children.
To help you make an informed decision, you can find information on the Canadian recommendation, and the USA recommendation, listed below.
We encourage you to consider the information provided below, and make the decision that you feel is best for your child/children.
Note: Nasal Spray vaccine is often called FluMist, or FluMist Quadravalent Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV). You may see those names in the links provided above.