Last week I got vaccinated against the flu… at a cost of $30, 30 minutes of my time, and zero guilt.
How? I got the relatively new FluMist stuff sprayed into my nose at a local pharmacy.
I highly recommend that all eligible folks get vaccinated against the flu this year, whether by the traditional shot or via FluMist.
Here are a few details about FluMist that may be helpful:
- There are no shortages of FluMist. You’re not taking away a dose from a frail senior citizen.
- It doesn’t hurt. It feels like pretty much any nose spray.
- Your insurance may pay for it. If not, $30 is a small price to pay for a good chance of avoiding the flu for another year.
- Side effects are unlikely. I personally didn’t experience any discomfort after the spray, immediately or otherwise.
- It’s supposedly as effective as the shot.
- Since it actually contains a weakened strain of the virus (instead the killed virii that the shot contains), there’s the potential to feel kind of icky as your body fights against the intruder
- It may be hard to find. I had to call about ten pharmacies before I found a place that carries this (Albertsons, here in San Francisco). Your best bet, apparently, is to call large chain pharmacies, and hopefully you’ll have better luck than I did.
- There are other caveats and limitations. Read the stuff at the flumist site for more details.
Anyway, once again, I urge everyone to get vaccinated. I personally recall how awful it was having the flu when I was younger, and I’m greatful that I’m unlikely to suffer through that misery again. And for the $30 and 30 minutes it’ll cost you, I can’t fathom many substantive arguments against getting vaccinated!