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October 8, 2013

A shot in the arm

New vaccines, more options join arsenal to battle seasonal illness



“I would be more inclined to do it if there were alternatives to doing it,” he said.

A nasal spray vaccine is available for those between the ages of 2 and 49 who do not like needles. The vaccine is squirted into the nasal passage and has been manufactured to protect against all four strains.

There is also an “ouch-free” vaccine that can be injected into the skin rather than the muscle. The needle used for this vaccine is about 90 percent smaller than the one used in traditional flu vaccines and it will protect against three strains of the influenza.

Some people are allergic to eggs and the flu vaccine has not been an option for these people because of the way the flu vaccine is produced, but this year the CDC says there is an egg-free flu vaccine. The virus is only for people between the ages of 18 and 94.

Patel said some people will not get a flu shot because they think it will give them the flu.

“It cannot cause flu,” he said. “The side effects can mimic flu symptoms, but you won’t get it from the vaccine.”

T.J. Kellem, 26, Anderson, is one of the people who believes the flu shot will make you sick.

“I would rather take my chances if I get sick,” he said.

Dispelling the myth that flu vaccines give people the flu, a randomized, blind study, was conducted by the CDC where some people were given flu shots and others received shots of saltwater. The study found that the only differences in symptoms between those receiving the saltwater and the vaccine was an increased soreness in the arm and redness at the injection site among people who got the flu shot. According to the CDC, there were no differences in terms of body aches, fever, cough, runny nose or sore throat.

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