CDC says “Ditch the Flu Mist” this Year, Opt Instead for the Shot

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Flu Shot

This flu season most Iowans will have one less way to defend against the illness, but doctors say it’s for the best.

Most healthcare providers will only be offering the flu shot this year as opposed to the flu nasal spray.

Why? A recent study conducted by the Center for Disease Control found the spray to only be 3% effective.

“It was a little bit of a surprise and a little bit of a disappointment ’cause there’s those kiddos who don’t want to come in and get poked and they want the easy mist; and that was a way to get some of them in” said Mahaska Health Partnership Public Health Coordinator Patty Malloy.

Malloy says the MHP will only offer the flu shot this year because well, it works.

“It’s a poke and it’s gonna hurt for a second, but it’s going to keep you from getting sick and keep you healthy, so it’s important to do” said Malloy.

Nicholas Ryan says he’s just fine going without the mist; he didn’t have the best experience when he opted for it.

“I got deathly ill after I got it; and it seemed like it didn’t really do what they…you know…I ended up with the flu instead of not getting the flu” said Ryan.

Rhonda smith takes care of an 11 year-old boy who hates needles; she says she’ll have to use her experience to coax him into getting it.

“Last year I did not get the shot and I did have a touch of the flu. This year, I got the shot and I’ve had no flu” said Smith.

The Iowa Department of Public Health is also taking the CDC’s recommendation to halt use of the mist.

They will stop using it in the Iowa Vaccines for Children Program.

Healthcare providers have planned ahead for any increased demand for the flu shot, and the CDC says the manufacture has a big enough supply of the vaccine to keep Iowans healthy.