My sons' school gave out flu mist at school today. I am keeping them home all week, partially out of protest, but also because my middle son has multiple contraindications (primary immune deficiency, IgM deficiency, pulmonary defects) The school did this last year, but I thought (stupidly) it was a one-time thing in response to the pandemic. Nope, they did it again.
I sent an email to the Director of Special Services expressing my concern that by misting hundreds of kids at school, they are putting my son, and children like him, at risk. If they feel like they must offer flu shots at the school, the vaccine does not shed and does not put anyone but the vaccine recipient at risk.
The Director forwarded my email to the Public Health Vaccine Coordinator. The coordinator responded that there is "zero risk to those not actually receiving the mist" and that my son would be perfectly safe to attend school. She said that she herself is immune compromised but she administers the mists all day.
I have pulled up the manufacturer's insert and read through it again, and they are very clear that there is definitely a risk of transmission, although low. There are no studies related to flu mist and my son's particular deficiency (there are some with AIDS patients, however, which appear to show it is relatively safe to receive the mist, although AIDS patients are still contraindicated "unless benefits greatly outweigh the risks") So I have my "proof" that the vaccine coordinator is flat out wrong.
So what do I do now? It was too late to do anything this year, except keep my kids home. But I *really* don't want this to be a yearly thing, as the boys get older, it will matter more that they're out of school for a week, AND I really do think this is just a dumb idea. I want to send something to the school board highlighting the risks of misting the entire school...thoughts?