This year, for the first time in recent memory, parents and doctors have a choice to make. Two vaccine advisory groups — the CDC and the AAP — issued conflicting recommendations on which influenza vaccine to give to children.

Dr. Paul Offit shares a little flu vaccine history and offers some thoughts on formulation of the vaccines.  Generally speaking, both formulations are reasonable choices for our kids.  The mist is easy to administer but might not induce a strong enough response.  The injection reliably produces an appropriate immune response but hurts.

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