Nasal Spray Vaccine May Offer Better Protection for Kids During Flu Season

ABC News' Dr. Richard Besser discusses a new report on the effectiveness of nasal spray and flu shots.
1:50 | 10/22/14

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Transcript for Nasal Spray Vaccine May Offer Better Protection for Kids During Flu Season
So sad when we learned that. Thank you. And now with the flu season fast approaching, a new report revealing that the nasal spray is more effective than a shot in protecting young children. Dr. Richard Besser is here with more. So the spray, not the shot for young kids. Yes. As a parent and pediatrician, I love this story. It means you can protect kids without the needle. Kids 2 to 8, it turns out that the nasal spray, this is it, no needle, it is more effective. Prevents 50% more than the shot. It's that much better. Any child gebetween that age of 2 and 8 that should not get the spray? Allergic to eggs, asthma, a history of wheezing. Everyone above 6 months should get a flu vaccine, and you can give this 2 to 49. Some adults don't like the shot either. Here's a choice for you. But to the age of 49. And even above that, seniors are really susceptible during flu season. And there's a higher dose for them? Yes. And really good news. They're the group at highest risk of severe flu. There's now a high-dose flu vaccine that gives them higher protection. And many doctors, including myself, say that's the way to go. Many of us were talking about, with the concerns about ebola, how would that affect the flu season? There's so many symptoms that are similar. Body ache, headache, fever. They look the same. You want to stay out of the emergency room this winter. And getting a flu shot will help ensure -- or reduce the chances you're going to get an illness in that mess. You don't want to be there. Protect yourself. Thank you so much.

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