Some good news for parents who have a tough time holding their kids steady for flu shots.
The new nasal spray flu vaccine is available as of Monday, meaning no blood curdling screams.
Kids aged 2 to 17 years can take the mist instead of the traditional injection, which will provide broader protection against four flu viruses instead of the usual three.
The nasal mist is not available to adults, but injections are also available beginning on October 26th.
“This year, parents will have new options when they get their child vaccinated against the flu. The flu nasal spray is a good option for children who don’t like getting needles, and it provides broader protection by protecting against four strains of the flu. We want to make it as easy and convenient as possible for parents to protect their kids, and all Ontarians, by getting their kids vaccinated against the flu.” – Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Quadrivalent influenza vaccines aim to give broader protection against potentially circulating flu viruses by protecting against a second B-strain virus, which evidence shows is more likely to affect children and youth. Since it can take up to two weeks to build immunity, I am urging young people to plan to get the shot or nasal spray as soon as it’s available.” – Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health