It is time to roll up the sleeve and get that flu shot. Cindy Ruma is with the Visiting Nurse Association in Nebraska and says there are a few changes to be aware of this year.
First, the flu mist is not available. Ruma says the mist last year was not effective at all so they took it off the market. Scientists are working to figure out what went wrong as three years ago it was more effective than the vaccine in children. The vaccine is only available through shot form this year.
Ruma says, “We are hoping that parents whose kids don’t like the needle or adults who don’t like the needle will get vaccinated. The number of people getting it is still not where we would like it to be. Frighteningly to me, the people who aren’t getting the vaccine are the 55 and up group. That is a prime group. Those are the people who get sick and end up in the hospital.”
The Visiting Nurse Association will travel to companies and businesses that want to get their employees vaccinated. Walk-in’s are also welcome at the VNA office in Omaha located at 12565 West Center Road and they vaccinate everyone 6 months of age and up. Ruma says the good news is that most insurance companies cover the cost of the vaccine.