Pharmacist group suggests nasal spray vaccine should be used in schools

Local | 27 Sep 2020 3:13 pm

Flu vaccine in nose spray form should be widely used in school vaccination programs so children will not cry when getting jabs – a prevention of Covid-19 transmission by droplets, a pharmacist group said today. 

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Hong Kong believed the nasal spray influenza vaccine could make the process of vaccination safer and more smooth amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The society conducted an online survey on 132 parents with kids in kindergartens and primary schools this month, and found that more than 80 percent of parents would arrange their children to be vaccinated against influenza this year, and nearly 70 percent of them would like to have the nasal spray vaccine as the children are afraid of pain.

The survey also showed that more than 70 percent of parents are concerned that their children might contract seasonal influenza and Covid-19 at the same time, which would increase the risk of complications, hospitalization, and death.

William Chui Chun-ming, president of the society said the transmission rate of coronavirus would increase by two to 2.5 times if patients are infected with both influenza and Covid-19.

He suggested kindergartens to choose the nasal spray vaccine to shorten the time of public gathering as the inoculation time needed for this kind of vaccine is generally shorter.

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