Season's flu vaccine administered in shot only

The first shipments of vaccines are well underway but, much to the dismay of many children, getting it in a shot may be inevitable.

The first doses of this year's flu vaccine have been rolling off assembly lines for weeks now.

This season the vaccine will have to be administered with a needle instead of a nasal spray.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends “Flu-mist” saying the spray just doesn't do a good job protecting people from the flu virus.

This might come as a surprise to many parents who have come to depend on the mist as an easy alternative to protect their children.

"That’s the first I’ve heard of that.  But, I would feel comfortable with whatever my son's pediatrician recommends," says Megan Kasten.

Doctors at nationwide children's hospital say there are ways to comfort young children who are afraid of needles. Blowing bubbles, singing, or watching videos could be good distractions.

"In older kids, they like to have some control and to understand what's happening, so taking the time to explain it what's happening to them, showing them the tools, relaxation techniques such as breathing and guided imagery can help to reduce anxiety and help the shot to be quick and easy for them," says Dr. Melissa Winterhalter of the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

For young babies who need to get vaccines; swaddling, sucking on a pacifier, or breastfeeding can help soothe the minimal pain and discomfort of injectable medicine.

Experts recommend everyone over the age of six months get vaccinated against the flu.

Copyright 2016 KING


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