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The 2007-2008 flu season was severe, partly because the vaccines did not work well against the circulating viruses, the CDC has said.
Results were published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. The study was funded by Sanofi. Monto and several other researchers have reported receiving grants from the drugmaker.
Dr. Chris Ambrose, senior director of medical affairs at MedImmune, said the jury is still out on the issue. He cited studies that have shown FluMist to work just as well as the flu shot in adults.
MedImmune has completed studies on its new swine flu nasal spray in children and adults and have submitted results to the Food and Drug Administration. Details have not been released. Ambrose said early results indicate the new nasal spray vaccine is safe and effective.
This week, the FDA said because the swine flu shots are behaving so much like seasonal flu shots in tests, it expects the swine flu nasal spray to work the same, too.
Dr. Peter Katona of the University of California, Los Angeles, said if the current flu season worsens, people will opt for whatever swine flu vaccine is available.
"If there's very little flu activity, I wouldn't rush to get the swine flu nasal vaccine, but I would recommend that people ultimately get vaccinated," Katona said.
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New England Journal: http://www.nejm.org/
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