- Associated Press - Sunday, August 21, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Health Department says nasal flu vaccine won’t be available for use this year because it isn’t as effective as a standard flu shot.

Research shows a significant difference between the effectiveness of the standard flu shot and the nasal spray flu vaccine.

During the 2015-16 flu season, the flu shot was 63 percent effective at preventing or reducing influenza-related illness in people ages 2 to 17. However, the nasal spray was only 3 percent effective.

The Health Department is encouraging Vermonters six months and older to get a flu shot.

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