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New Needle Method Could Help Ease Fear of Flu Shots

3:51 PM, Sep 5, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Are you planning to get a flu vaccine for your children?  Maybe you're hesitant because they holler and cry and scream about needles. But here's some good news.

First of all, doctors are urging parents to make sure kids get the flu shot.

They say the vaccine is the same as last year's, but children need it again because they lose about half of their immunity over the course of a year.

But if you or your kids hate needles, here's some good news: This year the needle is smaller.

Something new hits the market this fall.

It's the first flu shot that works with a skin prick instead of an inch-long needle.  Ask your doctor or health clinic if they carry the new flu shot needle.

Even if they don't, doctors still say the flu vaccine is important.







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