CDC Decision Allows Family Physicians to Better Treat for Flu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Statement attributable to:
Wanda Filer, MD, MB
President, American Academy of Family Physicians

The American Academy of Family Physicians agrees with the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recent action advising against the use of the nasal flu vaccine which was shown to be ineffective.

The ACIP voted June 22 that live attenuated influenza vaccine, also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-17 flu season. The move came after the group reviewed preliminary data showing poor or relatively lower effectiveness of LAIV from 2013 through 2016, according to a statement by the CDC(www.cdc.gov).

“Vaccines save lives,” said AAFP President Dr. Wanda Filer. “The ACIP made the right decision based on the available data. The role of the family physician is to keep the public healthy. Knowing that particular version of the vaccine is ineffective means doctors will be able to better arm their patients against the flu virus.

“The AAFP is a strong proponent of vaccines as a safe and effective way to stop preventable diseases and ensure public safety. Family physicians treat patients across their lifespan, and the AAFP is dedicated to helping physicians promote the recommended schedule of vaccines for every patient.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Filer, contact Stephanie Wilken, 800-274-2237, Ext. 5221, or swilken@aafp.org.

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Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.

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