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Students In Small Schools Get Flu Mist

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By Jay Michaels and Aimee Burnett

Oakley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) If you hate needles, but need to get a flu vaccination, then "flu mist" is for you. Nurses for the South Central Public Health District are visiting smaller schools in remote areas.

"Are you ready? Squirt, squirt, done! You can wipe it if you need, and you're all finished in both."

A squirt in each nostril. That's all it takes to be immunized with flu mist. But there's a trick to it.

4th grader Beau Smith says, "Don't sniff, and wipe your nose if it drips, so all the mist doesn't come out of your nose."

4th grader Kimra Arnell says, "It kind of felt weird, like water getting in your nose."

This week South Central Public Health nurses are visiting schools in Declo, Albion, Malta, and Oakley. That adds up to 300 students who will be able to keep from spreading the flu this winter.

Immunization nurse Lisa Klamm says, "The more kids we immunize, the less kids that can spread it. Because kids are known as shedders and spreaders. Because children spread flu actually two days before and longer than adults."

These immunizations at school mean students and their parents don't have to make a special trip to get their flu immunizations.

5th grader Dontea Rocha says, "A regular shot, you get bleeding. But this one you just don't get to bleed. And it's better for you."

4th grade teacher Tari Keetch says, "It's going to be more effective, it's less painful, it was easier, and it will last longer."

Less pain and longer protection - A perfect combination.

You can get your own flu immunization either with the flu mist, or a traditional shot. Talk to your doctor for more information.

October 11, 2013.


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