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FluMist Spray Perfect for Those Afraid of Needles

Posted Sep 08 2011 6:00am
The cartoon legend (and amateur philosopher) Daffy Duck summed up many people’s anxieties about getting their flu shots when he said “I don’t like pain, it hurts too much.”  If you’re afraid of needles, though, you’re in good company: Late night jester Conan O’Brien, silver screen tough guy Jackie Chan and heavyweight champion Sonny Liston are all well-known needle-phobes. Liston’s condition was so severe that, after winning his title, he actually refused to go on an exhibition tour of Europe because of the vaccinations required. Trypanophobia (fear of needles) doesn’t have to prevent you from getting the health care you need, especially in the midst of flu season. The Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV), also called FluMist®, is a nasal spray that contains a weakened version of a live flu virus; though this distinguishes it from the flu shot, like the shot, it will not give you the flu. FluMist is ...
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