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LAIV ineffective for children during 2015-2016 season

September 22, 2017

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Although vaccination against influenza lessened the chances of illness, the live-attenuated vaccine demonstrated inefficacy and the inactivated vaccine demonstrated significant effectiveness in children for the 2015-2016 season, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

“The effectiveness of influenza vaccination and the corresponding effect of vaccination programs on the burden of influenza can vary considerably from year to year,” Michael L. Jackson, PhD, from the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, and colleagues wrote. “In light of this variability, annual observational studies of influenza vaccine effectiveness are critical as ongoing evaluations of the value of influenza vaccination programs, as well as for identifying problems with licensed influenza vaccines.”

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