On a routine visit to my doctor's office about two weeks ago, I figured it wouldn't be a bad idea to get a flu shot while I was there. It turns out that my doctor's office is one of a number of offices offering the "intradermal flu shot", which has the benefits of a smaller needle and less of the actual medication needed. But, in my experience, I might actually prefer the old method.

I honestly don't know anyone who enjoys getting vaccinations. Getting a needle shoved into your arm is never fun.

The intradermal flu shot is meant to make the process easier with a much smaller needle. So there's less of a "scare factor" and less immediate discomfort.

But, just because the needle is smaller and the actual process isn't as bad, there are still side effects. In my experience, it may actually not be worth the side effects.

With the traditional flu shot, most people have soreness for a day or two after.

With the intradermal flu shot however, many people report soreness, itching, and irritation that lasts for a number of days. In fact, for me, it got to the point of being like a bad bug bite. It got red, itchy, and annoying for a good week after I got the actual shot.

I don't like needles, but when I think about it, I'm almost more willing to put up with the immediate stab of the traditional needle and have the discomfort go away in a day or so, as opposed to the irritation of the new shot lasting for a week or more afterword.

Have you had an intradermal flu shot? How did you react? Tell us in the comments section!

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