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Should my child get the nasal spray flu vaccine to avoid swine flu?

Note: A CDC panel concluded in 2016 that FluMist has not been effective in recent years. The panel did not recommend its use for the 2016-2017 flu season. 

If your child is older than 2 years, you can give him the nasal-spray flu vaccine, known as FluMist, which provides the same protection as the seasonal flu shot. One caveat: Children under 5 with a history of wheezing, and kids with asthma, diabetes or any condition that weakens the immune system should not get the nasal spray vaccine. In addition, kids who are taking aspirin shouldn't get FluMist.

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