This health video will focus on a new nasal flu vaccination for those who are timid of needles.
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Female Speaker: I’ve had the flu and it made me feel like a train hit me. Dr. Dean Edell: The clues are everywhere from the drugs on the nightstand to the empty tissue box. Flu season is here. Carolyn Buxton Bridges: Perhaps 10-20% of the US population can get infected with influenza every year. Male Speaker: Actually, I stand -- most of the time. It’s like getting enough. Dr. Dean Edell: Although, no one enjoys having the flu, many people, especially kids are still a little shy about getting that age-old shot of protection. Robin McDaniel: They start crying and kicking, you have to start to bribe them and strong arm and you are going to go. Dr. Dean Odell: But this year, you have no excuses for needle-phobes. The FDA approved a new pain-free nasal vaccine called FluMist, just in time for flu seasons. James King: It’s a novel way of giving a vaccine and it’s given at the point where you get the flu in your nose. Dr. Dean Odell: FluMist is actually made from a live virus but it’s weakened so that it won’t make you sick. James King: It won’t grow at body temperature. So it will grow in your nose which is cooler than the rest of your body. But they will turn off as it gets further down. Dr. Dean Odell: A study by the National Institutes of Health found FluMist was 85% effective in preventing flu in adults and almost 90% effective in preventing illness in children. So this winters, don’t let the flu give you the one-two punch. Protection is just a sniff away. I’m Dr. Dean Odell.