Flu Shot or Nasal Spray Vaccine?

As the flu season kicks off this fall, it is important for children who are 6 months or older to get vaccinated against the influenza virus.

The flu vaccine comes in two forms: flu shot and nasal spray. For kids with a history of breathing problems or asthma, the flu shot is the safest option. The Center for Disease Control does not recommend the nasal spray form of the flu vaccine for kids with asthma or a history of breathing problems in the past 12 months, because the spray can increase their risk of wheezing. Your doctor or healthcare provider can give you advice on which flu vaccine is best for your child.

Click here for more information about the flu vaccine for people with asthma.