Getting the flu vaccine doesn’t necessarily mean a painful shot

A nasal mist is one of three ways to get vaccinated against influenza.

A nasal mist is one of three ways to get vaccinated against influenza.

This year’s flu vaccine is readily available in Cole County, and for those who cringe at the thought of the traditional shot, there are other options.

In addition to the traditional intramuscular shot, options now exist for a mist nasal spray and intradermal shot that only penetrates the skin and doesn’t go into the muscle, Cole County Health Department officials say.

Getting vaccinated “is the best way we can prevent people from getting sick,” said Rachael Hahn, an epidemiology specialist and public health emergency planner with the department. “Even if it doesn’t ....

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