Study says flu shot?better than spray

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced it does not recommend the nasal spray flu vaccine (FluMist), based on studies finding it performed poorly compared to the standard flu shot.

So parents have no choice this year but to go with a traditional flu shot, recommended for people 6 months and older.

Pediatricians everywhere will use various techniques to help children relax and make the flu shot immunization process as painless as possible.

One new technique Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, is using this flu season is a “bee” that has cold pack wings and a buzzing body that attaches to a child’s arm and helps take the sting out of getting a shot.

Dr. Melissa Winterhalter, a pediatrician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, said younger children ages 2-6 getting flu shots also respond well to distraction techniques: videos, singing, music, toys, tablets and bubbles.

Older children, she said, respond well to an explanation about the importance of the flu shot and relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and talking about a favorite place.

— Helena Oliviero

Cox Newspapers

Hints from Heloise:

Use compact discs?as camp reflector

Tips for campers: Bring old compact discs for each member of your party. Give each member one to carry with his or her gear. In an emergency, they can be used as a reflector should you get lost, separated, or someone is injured.

Need a scrubber for your camp pots? Use crumpled aluminum foil.

— King Features

Rent someone’s car?by using Turo app

If Ubering has left you nostalgic for getting behind the wheel, here’s an app that can help you get back your motor-mojo.

Turo allows drivers to rent someone else’s car for fun and profit. We found a Tesla Model X, a Maserati GranTurismo Convertible and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage for rent on the “Elite in Los Angeles” board, but it’s not all about expensive cars.

Use the filters to fill your needs. I found a 2014 Jeep Wrangler in Denver with built-in navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming and a bike or ski rack (additional). Prices were reasonable: The Jeep was $99 a day, with discounts up to 10 percent per week or up to 18 percent per month.

If you want to list your car, Turo will set its rental price based on location, market value, time of year, etc., or you can do it yourself at www.turo.com.

— Jen Leo

Los Angeles Times