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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that children and adults should get the shot, instead of the nasal spray, this flu season. The nasal spray vaccine did not provide significant protection in previous flu seasons, according to the CDC.

“The injectable flu vaccine has always been the best way to protect yourself and your children from the flu,” says Diane L. George, D.O., chief medical officer, Henry Ford Medical Group Primary Care. “A quick shot in the arm is better than suffering from the flu.”

Influenza, or the “flu,” is a serious, contagious virus that infects the nose, throat and lung. Symptoms include fever and chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue. The flu can cause complications such as pneumonia, ear and throat infections, and worsening asthma, congestive heart failure, and diabetes. Even healthy people can contract the flu and become sick enough to miss significant days of school or work. The flu can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.

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