HealthPartners Study Will Evaluate Which Flu Vaccine Is Best for Children with Asthma

A HealthPartners Institute study will compare the safety of flu vaccines given by nasal spray versus a shot for children who have asthma or wheezing. Asthma is the most common chronic condition for children and teens, affecting 9 percent in the United States.

The two-year study, Safety of Live versus Inactivated Influenza Vaccine in Asthmatic Children, will examine de-identified medical records of 23,000 pediatric patients who received a flu shot or nasal spray at a HealthPartners or Park Nicollet clinic this year or in the past decade.