A Flu Season Without FluMist? Making Shots Less Painful for Children

This flu season, many children who were expecting drops in their nostrils are going to get needles in their arms instead.

That’s because a federal health committee decided that nasal flu vaccine (the brand name is FluMist) should no longer be used because it has been less effective in protecting people the past couple of flu seasons. For the first time since FluMist was introduced 13 years ago, everyone is supposed to get the shot.

On hearing this news, some children will shrug and roll up their sleeves. But others will burst into tears at the thought.

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