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Perdue, cabinet members to get flu shot

Posted September 8, 2009
Updated September 9, 2009

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— Gov. Bev Perdue and 10 cabinet members will get seasonal flu shots Tuesday afternoon and urge North Carolinians to do the same before an expected surge of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu.

State health officials recommend everyone get a shot for the regular, seasonal flu now and then get another shot to protect against H1N1 when the vaccine becomes available later this fall.

Flu shot Perdue urges N.C. to prep for flu season

The seasonal flu vaccine is already available. North Carolina has shipped 76,000 doses to health departments, hospitals and doctors offices.

Leigh Robison was one of about 100 people who got a flu shot last week at Kerr Drug in Chapel Hill.

"I know people who are already getting the flu, so I want to make sure that I'm protected and don't get it," Robison said.

CVS Caremark Corp., Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid Corp. are also giving flu shots earlier this year.

Pharmacists said it's not too early to get the flu shot.

"Some people are a little apprehensive about getting the flu shot this early, and once again, we'll refer the CDC, and they ensure us that the flu shot is good for a full year," pharmacist Joe Heidrick said.

Kerr Drug will have 80,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine beginning in mid- to late October, Heidrick said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the flu vaccine for children, the elderly, caregivers, pregnant women and people with weak immune systems or many other chronic health problems. Children with respiratory or heart conditions should be among the first to get the H1N1 vaccine.

As of last week, North Carolina had reported nine deaths and 193 people hospitalized with H1N1.

As of Sept. 4, H1N1 had caused at least 2,837 deaths and sickened more than a quarter-million people since first appearing this year in Mexico and the United States, according to the World Health Organization.

According to the CDC, the season flu sends about 226,000 Americans to the hospital and kills about 36,000 each year.

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  • Skywatch_NC Sep 9, 2009

    Maybe there's a shot against bellyaching whiners.

  • exwife1956 Sep 8, 2009

    How much is that shot gonna cost state government?

  • exwife1956 Sep 8, 2009

    There is alot of people that is sick of perdue, is there a shot for that?

  • lkanzig Sep 8, 2009

    im just waiting for the live feed of the shot being given. how about the daily watch for the vitamins. i agree there are more people out there that deserve/need the shot more than govenor dimwit and the political mess that we have. where else are they going to get taxes from, certainly not themselves.

  • ginlee00 Sep 8, 2009

    Get the flu shot or don't. Frankly, my dear, I don't give a hashbrown

  • NCPACKER Sep 8, 2009

    This is all fine and dandy...but is there a shot to cure the state govts ignorance?

  • Skywatch_NC Sep 8, 2009

    As the old saying goes you want get the flu until you get the shot.

    I'd rather go by the saying ...Better safe than sorry. ;)

  • 007KnightRider Sep 8, 2009

    Never had the flu shot, never been sick with anything other than the common cold. As the old saying goes you want get the flu until you get the shot. I'll pass on this all together for now.

  • herinbonetwil Sep 8, 2009

    Wonder if Bev had to hire another adviser to advise her to get the flu shot?

  • Skywatch_NC Sep 8, 2009

    She may not be the best governor our state has ever had. Some of you sure do bellyache a lot though from a nice public service notice regarding flu shots. Have to crab at WRAL about something I reckon.

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