BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The flumist vaccine has been a popular option for children who are afraid of needles, but the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics are telling doctors and patients to refrain from it.
The reason: research over the past few years has shown the effectiveness of flumist has not lived up to expectations.
Flumist is a vaccine against influenza administered as a nasal spray.
The CDC is working to figure out why flumist is not working well with the H1N1 strain and realize flumist may need to be modified.
So, if you are heading to your local pediatrician, your doctor likely won't have flumist this year.
Experts say the most effective way to protect yourself and your child is with a flu shot.