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FluMist set to return for next flu season

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) -  Flu vaccinations may become painless again.

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee voted Wednesday to recommend that FluMist, the nasal spray version of the influenza vaccine, be used during the 2018-19 season.

For the past two flu seasons, the committee has not recommended the needleless option.

However, the panel voted 12-2 this week to include FluMist as an option for doctors to use during next year's flu season.

According to a spokesman, the C.D.C. is expected to go along with the recommendation of the committee.

FluMist is a live attenuated influenza vaccine.

Though the viruses in FluMist are live, they have been weakened and work by stimulating the immune system.

By contrast, the flu shot is an inactivated influenza vaccine.