Doctors recommending flu shots; say nasal mist ineffective

Doctors recommending flu shots; say nasal mist ineffective

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It's already that time of year again.

Doctors are urging people to take precautions to avoid the flu by getting a flu shot.

Dr. Sean P. Elliott at Banner University Medical Center said staff at the hospital are already seeing flu cases come in to their offices.

But Elliot has one warning, don't get the nasal flu mist.

The nasal mist some doctors gave to some people, mostly kids last year, didn't work very well. Most doctors are not even offering it this year.

Instead, doctors recommend people get the flu shot.

This year's flu shot will protect people from four different strains from the flu.

Elliott said anyone older than 6 months should get the shot.

"I think everybody should have the flu shot, even if you not going to protect yourself," said Amanda Huhta, a mother of two. "Protect the kids who can't protect themselves."

Elliott said one common misconception is that the flu shot will give the patient the flu. He said that's not the case.

"The shot version of the flu shot is what is called an inactivated or a killed vaccine, there is no possibility of a live virus getting into your system so it is impossible to get the flu from the shot," he said.

Doctors said if you begin to feel sick you should stay at home from work and school.

They also want to remind you to wash your hands.

That's the number one way to prevent the spread germs.

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