I’ve been asked to tell you about a new campaign called Flu Vaccination: Choose Your Administration, which seeks to increase awareness of the need for the flu vaccine. (The campaign is sponsored by the company that makes FluMist.) You can learn more about the flu vaccine and the different ways it can be administered at the CDC web site.
The timing of this campaign is striking, because I was just reading an issue of Parents magazine, which highlighted the work of a man who lost his three-year-old daughter to the flu and now raises awareness of the importance of the flu vaccine. It’s entirely possible (likely?) that his daughter would have survived if she’d been given the vaccine.
I’ve already made an appointment for the boys to get their flu vaccines next month, and Marc and I will be getting vaccinated then as well. A couple of years ago, the pediatrician’s office was out of the shot, so I received the FluMist vaccine. That was how I learned that it’s 50% more expensive than the shot, at least with my insurance company. So given a choice, I’d recommend the shot just for financial reasons – although the injection site does hurt for a day or two.