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New options for flu vaccinations

POSTED: Monday, October 3, 2011 - 3:19pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Today marked the first day the Waco Public Health District started offering flu vaccines.

And this year the traditional flu shot has some competition, giving nervous needle-phobes room to breathe.

"There's the Flumist for people who don't want anything to do with a needle," said Kelly Craine, spokeswoman for the health district.

The Flumist an injection without a needle seems to be the most popular.

"A live-virus vaccine and it's very simple. It's just a very fine mist that you don't even feel so if you're really wanting to go with 'I don't want to feel anything when I get this' Flumist is the best way to go," said Craine.

And then there's the intradermal method which uses a smaller needle so you can expect less pain.

"Some people feel it's a little easier it's not as painful so that's another option we have as well," said Craine.

The difference between the traditional needle which goes inside the muscle, as opposed to the Intradermal needle which goes just under the skin, is not only the size but it's also the amount of vaccine you receive.

Which is a bit less than the traditional shot but doctors say both options will still do the trick.

"They're all effective, particularly with the traditional and the Intradermal. It's using the same type of vaccine."

The nasal spray is not available for those with asthma and only for people between ages 5 and 49.

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