GREENSBORO, NC- Yes, it's that time of the year. Fall and all the pumpkin spice things. (Seriously, I just saw a recipe for a pumpkin spice flavored hot dog.)
But, the real reason we're talking about fall is because it's flu season. If you hate needles or still believe the myth that the flu shot gives you the flu (seriously, it doesn't) or if you're looking for a needle-free way to give your kid the vaccine, you might search for alternatives, like the nasal spray flu vaccine.
But is it worth your time and money? Is it even an option anymore?
Cynthia Snider, Infectious Disease Physician with Cone Health said never put off getting the flu vaccine. While it won't protect you 100 percent, it will cut your chances of getting the flu in half. But, if you want the nasal spray, you might be out of luck.
To put it frankly, even though the nasal spray is an FDA-licensed product, the Centers for Disease Control said no, don't take it. On the CDC website, it states plainly (and in multiple different locations) "the nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used."
Why not? Well, turns out all flu vaccines are not equal. The CDC reported the nasal spray has poor or low effectiveness. Some areas, like the Guilford County Health Department, won’t even offer the spray this year.
So, we can verify, you have to stick to the shot, if you want to protect yourself from the flu. We also verified, the flu vaccine lasts up to one year in your system. The best time to get the vaccine? Late September to early October.