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Students can get free flu shots at NC clinics

Posted January 3, 2011

— An urgent care clinic franchise is offering free flu shots for school-age children and college students at its nine locations in North Carolina.

Officials with Urgent Cares of America say all children age 4 and up and college students with their college IDs can walk into the clinic and get the shot as long as supplies last.

This year's flu shot protects against three different strains of the virus.

The free shots are available at Asheville Urgent Care, Boone Urgent Care, Hendersonville Urgent Care, Clayton Urgent Care, FastMed of Cary, FastMed of Wake Forest, Fuquay Urgent Care, Urgent Care of Cary and Wake Urgent Care.

More than 5 percent of emergency room visits in the last week were flu-related, double the number of such visits in the fall, health officials said.

Traditionally, January marks the start of the peak flu season. The U.S. Department if Health and Human Services recommends that individuals get a flu shot as soon as possible.

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  • SaltlifeLady Jan 6, 4:31 p.m.

    NC Carguy-- the clinic I work in pays for its own vaccine. What they don't give to patients or sell to another clinic they lose on. There in no government hand in it.

    motherbyrd2522..still think flu shots are a stupid idea? http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/8890662/

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Jan 3, 5:51 p.m.

    cghsmom....where do these "clinics" get the funding to pay for these shots then? tax breaks maybe? It's TAXPAYER funded.

  • SaltlifeLady Jan 3, 2:37 p.m.

    Baracas, I work at another private clinic. These flu vaccines are bought and paid for by the clinics directly from the pharmaceutical companies. The government has no hand in it.

  • SaltlifeLady Jan 3, 2:31 p.m.

    Also, just an FYI... Fish contains methylmercury, so if you eat a ny kind of fish, you are exposng yourself to higher and more toxic levels of mercury than you are in a flul shot. Also, the following foods have been found to contain mercury: some corn syrups, Quaker Oatmeal to Go bars ,Jack Daniel's Barbecue Sauce ,Hershey's Chocolate Syrup ,Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce
    ,Nutri-Grain Strawberry Cereal Bars ,Manwich Gold Sloppy Joe ,Market Pantry Grape Jelly ,Smucker's Strawberry Jelly ,Pop-Tarts Frosted Blueberry ,Hunt's Tomato Ketchup ,Wish-Bone Western Sweet & Smooth Dressing, Coca-Cola Classic: no mercury found on a second test Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt, Minute Maid Berry Punch ,Yoo-hoo Chocolate Drink ,Nesquik Chocolate Milk ,Kemps Fat Free Chocolate Milk
    http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20090127/mercury-in-high-fructose-corn-syrup
    http://www.fda. gov/food/foodsafety/product-specificinformation/seafood/food
    bornepathogenscontaminants/methylmercury/ucm115644.htm

  • SaltlifeLady Jan 3, 2:23 p.m.

    motherbyrd2522...I am curious as to where you got your information. I am a well-educated, smart health care worker who gets my flu shot every year because I am asthmatic, and because I have a high-level exposure risk being in health care. I pray that neither you nor your family members have ever experienced the flu since it sounds like you did not take the shot. It makes people very ill and still causes death in some as well. As far as the flu shot, it does NOT contain a 'heavy dose" of mercury as you put it. Thimerisol is in some of the flu shot supply, not all of it, and that it is in, is in low dose. http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/thi-table.htm Under some state laws,any vaccine which contains thimerisol must be disposed of as hazardous waste to protect the environment. Thimerisol and mercury have been the subject of MANY studies. However, Most mercury studies are on Methyl Mercury, not Ethyl mercury, which is what is in thimerisol, and is far less toxix than methyl mercury.

  • cad Jan 3, 1:35 p.m.

    I don't know where the funds for these shots are alotted but...I as a taxpayer would rather pay for a flu shot than an emergency room or doctor visit with medicine, etc.

    Motherbyrd2522...the mercury in these shots are less than what you would eat in one serving of fish.

  • motherbyrd2522 Jan 3, 12:59 p.m.

    The government spends millions on flu shots every year; they have a cozy little relationship with pharma. Why are they being given away? Because practically NOBODY wants them, particularly health care workers and the well educated, those who know how useless they are and how dangerous they can be. And yes, they DO (90% of them) have a heavy dose of mercury in them (that's mercury, the second most toxic substance to humans on the planet). To confirm this, walk into any doctor's office or pharmacy and ask to see the label of their multi-dose flu shots. The ingredient you are looking for is called Thimerosal. It has NEVER been studied or tested by the FDA. Generally, smart people stay away from the flu shot. The government and health care providers are desperately trying to give them away because the alternative is to dispose of them. Ahh, but that is an expensive problem. EPA won't allow flu shots in landfills because they are too toxic. Wake up people!

  • HardTimes Jan 3, 11:38 a.m.

    An urgent care clinic franchise is offering free flu shots for school-age children and college students at its nine locations in North Carolina.

    baracus...I was wondering the same thing.

  • baracus Jan 3, 11:15 a.m.

    Does anybody have definitive proof that these shots are paid for by the government and not being donated by the private clinics administering them?

  • snowl Jan 3, 11:10 a.m.

    Thank you! This is a wonderful way to use up the supply to make sure that children and college students receive their flu shot. Why let the surplus go to waste? There are many who will benefit from this, and imo, Those who do not want to help others and always complain about paying taxes should move out of the country, preferably to the Island of Me, Myself & I.

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