CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It's flu season and there's a new needle in town.
"It's a much smaller syringe or needle," said Dr. Charles Bregier the Medical Director at Presbyterian Urgent Care.
The Fluzone Intradermal Vaccine came out last year but it's gaining popularity this year.
"For people who are just crazy phobic about needles," said Dr. Bregier.
Fluzone uses a 90 percent smaller needle which equals fewer antigens and less ouch.
"It's one tenth of one milliliter instead of a half or five tenths of a milliliter so it's a much smaller syringe or needle," said Bregier.
But despite the lower dose size, clinical trials of the shot showed it to be just as effective.
"You get the same immunological response from this one as the traditional one," said Dr. Bregier.
And you can start rolling your sleeves up now because this season's vaccine is ready to go at your local doctor's office or pharmacy.
Doctors advise that everyone should get their flu shot.
"Children, pregnant women, elderly and any people with underlying lung disease really need to get the flu shot," advised Dr. Bregier.
But if you don't want a needle at all Dr. Bregier said "there's also a flu mist which is a nasal spray that children from age two to adults up to age 45.
Once you're immunized you're covered for about 9 months
Unfortunately for kids, the short-needle shot, which was licensed for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year, is approved only for adults aged 18 to 64.