Health Team

Flu shots still available at the State Fair

Posted October 23, 2008 5:26 p.m. EDT
Updated October 24, 2008 9:46 a.m. EDT

— One of the shorter lines at the N.C. State Fair on Thursday was at the tent offering flu shots.

Kerr Drug workers are giving shots from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the fair. No appointments are needed.

Shots cost $30 and insurance is being accepted.

“It’s well worth it. Your health depends on it,” Burlington resident Paul Brown said after getting his flu shot.

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta suggests everyone get a flu shot. People who suffer from asthma or heart disease and women who are pregnant are considered high risk and should be vaccinated.

About 36,000 people die each year from complications from the flu. Another 200,000 are hospitalized because of the illness.

Iris Oates, of Johnston County, got her shot on Thursday. She said she normally doesn’t normally get one because she believed the shot would give her a cold.

It is a common myth that the shot gives a person the flu, but experts say the shots contain a dead virus so it can’t make a person sick.

Perry Proper, of Garner, gets the shot annually.

“You’re better off not catching the flu. So you’d better get the needle and it doesn’t hurt that bad,” Proper said.