Every year in the fall we talk about the leaves changing, the weather turning colder and of course...flu shots. As the winter months approach, experts say now is the time to get vaccinated. On Saturday, many were given the chance to do just that, while strolling through Wal-Mart.
Getting a flu shot probably isn't anyone's idea of a good time, but that doesn't make it a bad idea.
Candy Carmichael is a registered nurse, and part of four-day event to offer flu-shots nation-wide at Wal-Mart.
“This is absolutely excellent,” said Carmichael. “It’s great anytime we can bring this out to the community, because people are going to be shopping anyway.”
And she won't understate the importance of the immunization. According to the centers for disease control, every year in the United States, 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu. More than 200,000 are hospitalized, and even 36,000 die from the virus or complications from it.
Those are numbers that made Jack Poyfair decide to get a flu shot while he was shopping.
“It took a load off my shoulders, because everyone around here seems to be getting an awful cold and I didn't want to be one of them,” said Poyfair.
More than 50 people signed up for the shot at Wal-Mart on Saturday, but Carmichael says many don’t get the shot because of misinformation.
“People feel like they can get the flu from the flu shot, and so we do try to dispel that,” said Carmichael. “There is no way that can happen.”
The Wal-Mart vaccinations are taking place at more than 3,800 stores nationally. Most in our area region are participating. The shots are scheduled to be available Sunday from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. and again next Saturday and Sunday at the same time.