"American Academy of Pediatrics is saying you should get the shot preferably over nasal wash, but nasal wash is acceptable this year by the CDC", Bowling said.
According to the AAP report, 80 percent of children who died from the flu a year ago had not gotten a flu vaccine.
It may seem early, but clinics are already receiving this year's vaccine.
"Since the nasal spray did not work as well against influenza A/H1N1 strain during the 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 flu seasons, it was not recommended in the USA for the past two flu seasons", the statement notes.
"Now is the time to get their flu immunization to make sure they are protected from the flu season", said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS.
One potential clue: Countries in the Southern Hemisphere, like Australia, where spring is just beginning, are reporting relatively mild flu seasons, Pekosz says. The CDC classified it as the first severely high season across all ages.
Dr. Jennifer Dillaha with the Arkansas Department of Health said children between 6 months and under the age of 9 need to receive two doses of the flu shot, if they have never received the shot before.
When comparing the flu shot and the nasal spray, Dr. Depending on the vaccine, they will protect against the three (known as a trivalent vaccine) or four (known as a quadrivalent vaccine) viruses expected to be the most common.
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the best protection against influenza.
With many young people heading to college, it's a good idea to get a flu vaccine before heading to campus. "But even if people get sick, people that get vaccinated tend to be less sick they are less likely to go to the hospital and less likely to die from the flu".
Healthy Schools works with the federally-funded Vaccines for Children program and kids' own insurance plans to provide vaccines at no cost to students or school districts. As of yesterday (Thursday, September 6, 2018), no confirmed cases of the flu were noted in Cumberland or Roane County but flu-like symptoms have been observed.
Passengers were screened by CDC officials, and 11 people were hospitalized.