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August 20th, 2010
01:46 PM ET

Flu shots available now

During a scorching summer,  flu shots may not be the first thing on your mind. But, drug store giants are making them available now.

The early availability of these shots follows new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all people aged six months and older should receive the vaccine. The agency also said that the annual flu vaccination should begin in September or as soon as vaccine is available and continue throughout the flu season, into December, January, and beyond. Read more here about protecting yourself.

Rite Aid announced that seasonal flu shots became available this week at more than 3,000 of its locations across the country. They cost $24.99 and many insurance plans cover the cost of the shots.

Walgreens also started offering flu shots at its pharmacy locations. The Walgreens' flu shots cost $29.99. Most of the New York City-area Duane Reade pharmacies are also offering flu shots, according to a news release.

The latest seasonal flu vaccine protects against three viruses that research indicates will be most common, including H1N1 and two others.

While the World Health Organization declared that the global H1N1 pandemic is over, the virus is not gone and is part of the typical seasonal flu activity.  H1N1 pandemic is over, health director says

Manufacturers began shipping the new flu vaccines in July. New flu vaccine is on the way


soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Tom Snyder

    A question for Dr Sanjay Gupta.
    There are ~ 380 million eggs tainted by Salmonella in the US. If they were hard boiled, would they be safe to eat? If this happened in India, would hard boiling, or any other process that took them above 172* F for 12 minutes, be employed to utilize a food comodity in short supply that could be made safe to eat?
    Does "bad news, scare-them-to-death journalism" ever make you feel like the good guy in a never ending good cop, bad cop game that the 24/7 Newsworld has created?

    August 20, 2010 at 14:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike

      Hard boiling would kill any live bacteria in the eggs. The problem unfortunately is that the toxins produced by the bacteria which are what causes most of the symptoms are heat-stable and would not be destroyed at cooking temperatures. So you would reduce the severity of the food poisoning ... but you could still get very sick.

      August 23, 2010 at 02:33 | Report abuse |
  2. HelloNight

    Tom, I think Dr. Gupta almost never writes these articles and I would doubt he reads the comments.

    I don't like the scare tactics used by media, either, and that is one reason I won't be getting a flu shot this year. Not afraid!

    August 20, 2010 at 16:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anna

      I agree. I never had a flu shot. They are NOT necessary not even in the slightest. It is the same bullcrap lie they tell about 'bad' cholesterol. No such thing.

      August 23, 2010 at 14:39 | Report abuse |
  3. John P. Holdren

    I wrote a book in 1978 called "Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment." In this book I laid out the master plan, Just
    "google it" and check it out. Trust me and vaccine up!

    August 23, 2010 at 00:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Casey

      No thanks.

      October 2, 2010 at 00:00 | Report abuse |
  4. Bertrand Russell

    "Diet, injections, & injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, & any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible."

    August 23, 2010 at 00:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Ed

    Let the flu-vaccine scams/scare begin...

    August 23, 2010 at 11:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Graham

      Flu shots are a gold mine for the drug companies in America. They say its necessary every year for the typical flu , and then they say that other random flus throughout the year require a special shot ( see avian flu, h1n1, etc). I personally believe they are engineered and so do millions of others. Who cares whether they are or not? The bottom line no matter where you stand is that the drug manufacturing business is a multi-billion dollar a year industry.

      They...make.....money...off.....of.....people.....being.....sick. Period.

      August 23, 2010 at 14:42 | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      As an alternative to the worthless “vaccination” being pushed on us for the bio-engineered viruses please consider two vitamins to reinforce your immune system.

      Vitamin D: I take 10,000 IU of vitamin D3/day. Vitamin D is required to keep the virus from entering your deep lung tissue. With a good level of vitamin D in your blood your body produces the antimicrobial peptides which allow the interception and destruction of the viruses, ANY virus, in your upper respritaory tract BEFORE they can enter your deep lungs.

      A test of viral bio-weapons appears to have occurred in the Ukraine last flu season and hemorrhagic lung was the chief cause of death. I suspect hemorrhagic lung may be the chief threat during our Political Pandemic.

      Vitamin C: Vitamin C also aids your immune system in destroying virus invaders. Vitamin C is required to produce collagen. When you suffer massive tissue destruction such as during a serious viral infection, your vitamin C needs may exceed one gram/hour. In any case one gram/hour is a good place to start IMO.

      16 Sept 2010

      Did 1918 Spanish Flu Deaths Result From Aspirin-Induced Vitamin C Deficiency?

      “In a more recent experiment, mice were genetically altered so they did not synthesize vitamin C in their liver as most other animals do (guinea pigs, primates, and humans are an exception as they don’t naturally produce vitamin C within the liver and must completely rely upon the diet for vitamin C). These vitamin C-deficient mice were inoculated with influenza virus and experienced massive damage to their lungs compared to vitamin C-adequate mice. Researchers concluded that supplemental “vitamin C is required for an adequate immune response and in limiting lung pathology after influenza virus infection.” Journal Nutrition. 2006 Oct; 136(10):2611–6

      “If overuse of aspirin during the 1918 Spanish flu was the primary cause of flu-related death as Dr. Karen Starko contends, then modern medicine has missed a large lesson on how to prevent flu-related death – that it was aspirin-induced scurvy that heightened mortality during this worldwide flu pandemic, maybe not the flu itself. If this hypothesis is true, then preventable mortality continues today. Many hundreds of thousands have needlessly succumbed to a vitamin C deficiency induced by self-treatment with aspirin and/or modern medicine’s continued failing to practice nutritional medicine.” Bill Sardi

      “In fact, as revealed in this article, the lack of vitamin C may be attributed to most of the flu deaths over the past century.” Bill Sardi

      Please read this insightful article. There is a very good chance the whole 1918 slaughter was a Rockefeller and Rothschilds induced event. Just as it is this time.

      It is clear to me that at a minimum vitamin C deficiency plays a LARGE role in virus death by hemorrhagic lung, IMO the chief threat from our Political Pandemic so far. Taking one gram of ascorbate/hour as advised in the virus fighting protocol, will stand you in good stead should you come down with a serious case of the flu. Of course large amounts of vitamin D should keep you from ever getting into a hemorrhagic lung situation.

      Should you or a loved one come down with hemorrhagic lung an IV vitamin C drip may be the only thing that can save you. Most hospitals will refuse to perform this IV vitamin C drip. When forced to do it a “lost” patient has often been saved.

      http://healthyprotocols.com/2_pandemic_update.htm

      September 17, 2010 at 21:32 | Report abuse |
  6. nicole dawn

    YOU GUYS ARE IDIOTS IF U GET A FLU SHOT....DONT U PEOP[LE READ??? DONT U KNOW WHAT IS IN THE SWINE FLU (H1N1 ) ?????? FREAKING MERCURY!!!!!!!!!! PEOPLE(SHEEPLE) WAKE UP!!!WAKE UP!!!! DO U KNOW WHAT IS CONTAINED IN THESE SHOTS??????? I CANT BELIVE 32 PEOPLE RECOMMENDED THIS ARTICLE ON FACEBOOK!!!!!! YOU GUYS AR ELIKE LAMB BEING LED TO SLAUGHTER!!!!! SHAME ON U FOR [POSTING THIS ARTICLE!!! U OUGHT TO BE ARRESTED FOR ACCESSORY TO ABUSE AND ATTEMPTED MURDER!!! DO U KNOW THAT SEIZURES OCCUR IN 30 PERCENT OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE FLU SHOT??? WAKE UP WAKE UP!!!!!!!!

    August 23, 2010 at 20:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Dorsay Fischer

    I just had the new flu shot that has the H1N1 added to the regular flu strain. I have had flu shots in the past, altho I don't get them every year. I got very sick from the shot, basically got the flu for the night....chills, fever, shortness of breath. And today two days later I feel like I'm getting a bladder infection which sounds strange but if they add antibiotics to the mix as I have read then it's possible. There is certainly no other reason I can think of for the infection. I will never get another flu shot, end of story!

    August 26, 2010 at 11:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Casey

      That's how it works and its how 99% of the ppl got H1N1 last year but not many ppl did the math. It takes a 2 week period during the "shedding" phase where you can pass it on to others. Quite a business big Pharma has!

      October 2, 2010 at 00:05 | Report abuse |
  8. Casey

    People are slowly wising up thanks to the information age. Thank God for that! Now the drug companies are becoming more aggressive by getting pharmacies to post people at the door asking if they would like a flu shot. I was asked 3x when entering and each time I replied "HELL NO".

    October 2, 2010 at 00:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Casey

    People foolishly think that the flu virus takes a vacation during the summer and returns in the winter. The flu virus is *ALWAYS* around. Its the sun that's not present during the winter months, thus reducing the body's ability to produce Vitamin D for immunity. Vaccines are unnecessary. Wake up ppl! Just say NO to the Mercury pushers!

    October 2, 2010 at 00:10 | Report abuse | Reply
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