Flu shot frequently asked questions and answers

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  It’s that time again… time to get your flu shots. But, it’s not always that simple. Should you get a shot? Or maybe just flu mist? Go to the doctor, or a local drugstore? WHNT News 19 took action to get you answers to some commonly asked questions.

“One of the most common questions that we get regarding flu shots is, ‘am I going to get the flu from the flu shot?’, the answer to that is absolutely not,” said Huntsville Hospital’s Cynthia Whitten.

And for those who don’t like needles, Whitten has some bad news. She said the CDC has new recommendations.

“This year all six month and older individuals should receive the flu vaccine via injection. The flu mist [is not] effective at this time,” said Whitten.

As for timing, it’s best to get ahead of the flu early.

“We recommend that you have the flu shot completed by October, the end of October. We also recognize that you can get those flu shots later, but it is best for your immunity if you have them early,” Whitten said.

And for moms who have kids with allergies, there is some surprising news when it comes to flu shots.

“The new recommendations do say that you can give the flu vaccine to people who have mild allergies to eggs, and the advice is that they still get the injection and not the flu mist,” said Whitten.

Whitten also said that most vaccines are all the same, whether you decide to go to your normal doctor, or a pharmacy.

The Huntsville Hospital Walk-In Clinic is providing flu shots now.

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