When was the last time you had a flu shot? One year ago? Two years ago?
There are many reasons why people skip their annual flu vaccine, and for most people, the reason is fear of needles.
Yes, the flu shot involves an injection. To put your mind at ease, the entire process takes less than a minute. The vaccination is over before you know it, and other than minor soreness at the injection site, the flu shot has very little side effects.
But if you’re still uneasy about the process, there is a way to protect yourself minus a needle. The nasal spray flu vaccine has been approved for healthy people between the ages of 2 and 49. This particular vaccine is just as effective as the shot and offers yearlong protection.
Because this vaccine isn’t for everyone, speak with your doctor to determine eligibility. If possible, get your vaccine early. Flu season starts in early fall, and on average, it takes two weeks for the vaccine to protect against infection.