During its June 2016 meeting, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season. The CDC continues to recommend annual flu vaccination, with either the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) or recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV), for everyone 6 months and older. This ACIP vote is based on data showing poor or relatively lower effectiveness of the nasal spray during the last three flu seasons. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out which type of flu vaccine is best for each member of your family.
The flu is unpredictable. While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time flu activity peaks in between December and February, and activity can last as late as May. The CDC monitors flu activity across the country. According to the CDC’s FluView, flu activity continues to decrease in the United States. The CDC also receives weekly reports of hospitalizations and deaths that occur as a result of influenza. As of February 2017, 40 pediatric deaths have been reported to the CDC for the 2016-17 flu season.