CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreen Giving Away Millions In Flu Shots

CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreen Giving Away Millions In Flu Shots

Detroit : MI : USA | Sep 09, 2010 at 7:49 AM PDT
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The annual flu season is upon us and The Centers for Disease Control are considering this years' flu to be serious and contagious, that can lead to hospitalization and death. However, they are not predicting it to be as bad as last years wide spread rate. The flu is uncertain so it is best to take precautions to avoid being infected. One way to be prepared for this year's flu season is to get a flu shot. However, a lot of persons simply cannot afford to get one due to finances or lack of insurance. In order to help persons who otherwise simply cannot obtain a shot, CVS Caremark will be giving up to $5 million dollars in flu shots for those that are unemployed.

The CDC advocates the flu shot each year as the first line in defense for protection from the flu. Even though the shots are available through clinics, health care practitioner offices and most pharmacies, for many it is an expense that just cannot be afforded. Simply put there are choices every parent must make if it comes to food or shelter costs for the child, the flu shot is way on the back burner. Due to that reason Direct Relief USA is partnering up with CVS Caremark to provide clinics across America with flu vaccinations for those who are uninsured.

Direct Relief USA, is the only non for profit who work with more than 1,100 clinics across the states and giving them free medications and supplies for their low income and uninsured patients. A division of Direct Relief International, Direct Relief was formed in 2004 to deliver supplies and to build the volume of safety net clinics to give services to the nations medically undeserved populations. There are about 46.3 Americans that are uninsured, they are attempting to close the gap in the much needed medical communities.

Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief states that Direct Relief is happy to partner with CVS Caremark to aide those thousands in protection who are having financial problems during this flu season by giving away free flu shots. The network in which they built with the teamwork of community healthcare centers and clinics nationwide allows CVS Caremark's charitable to each those persons who need aide in a very effective way.

CVS Caremark will provide the flu vaccines in their CVS and Walgreen pharmacies along with their Minute Clinic locations to eligible community persons who get their voucher from their local clinic. The program is set to being September 20th. Persons with vouchers will receive the vaccination for free. Flu shots are available to the general populace at around $29.99 depending on where you go.

Where it is a good thing for the flu shot according to some, there are those that are against receiving the flu shots. Some of the following reasons are:

There is evidence that if you receive the shot you will not still get the flu. This shot protects only certain strains of the flu. The strains it protects are last years H1N1, H3N2 virus and Influenza B. So if you get Influenza A or C well the shot is not going to help you much. Around 2004 there was a large study conducted that showed the flu shot back then had offered no better protection than a placebo.

Vaccines including the flu vaccine do contain mercury. The vaccine contains Thimerosal, which is made of mercury. The amounts in the flu shot is 250 times greater in mercury than what is classified under hazardous waste. The side effects of mercury toxins are broad. They can include memory loss, depression, ADD, cardiovascular issues, respiratory issues and more.

The vaccines for the flu have antibiotics such as neomycin and gentamkin which are added in the mix to rid stray bacteria found in the mixture. Here is the catch antibiotics lower the immune system and can produce overgrowth of Candida.

There is evidence that flu shots can cause Alzheimer's Disease due to the mercury and aluminum since when combined they are toxic. There has also been evidence that it can cause Guillian Barre Syndrome and also arthritis and joint inflammation.

Basically having the flu shot is up to the individual.

If you do not wish the flu shot there are some ways to help prevent the flu or at least getting a bad case of it.

Hand Washing

Most colds and flu are spread by direct contact. For example if someone sneezes into their hands and then touches something like the telephone, the germs get transferred and they can live for hours and even weeks. Wash hands often, use hand sanitizer or even rubbing hands together hard can help break up the germs.

Sneezing and Cough Do Not Cover With Hands

Germs and virus adhere to your hands. So when you cup your hands over your mouth your passing the germs. So use a tissue if you do not have one sneeze into side of elbow.


Make sure you drink enough fluids to flush your system. Fluids can consist of juices and foods that are high in water content besides water. It is easy to tell if you have enough fluids, if the urine runs close to clear your doing good, if it is a more deep yellow, intake more fluids.

Take Hot Showers/Baths

Research is divided on this one. One thing is agreed upon is that cold and flu virus does not survive in heat.

Regular Exercise

Do regular exercises that speed up your heart in which will pump larger quantities of blood, make you breath faster to aide in oxygen transfer from the lungs to the blood. Exercises like aerobics or carido can heighten the bodies own natural virus killing cell.

Consume foods with phytochemicals

Translation is eat plants that are food. These plants have natural chemicals that provide vitamins to boost your immune system. So aim for dark green, yellow, and red fruits and vegetables.


In some research studies it has proved that eating one cup of low fat yogurt each day can decrease your vulnerability to colds by 25%. Researchers believe the bacteria that is beneficial in yogurt just possibly can activate productivity of the immune system substances that fight disease.

Like I said reasons have been stated all over for the pro's and con's of flu shots so it is up to you.

Flu shots in or around Detroit Area

CVS Pharmacies

numerous locations

Just click on link

CVS Locator


numerous locations

Just click on link

Walgreen Locator

The H1N1 Flu Vaccine for all Detroit residents free

Herman Kiefer Health Complex

- 1151 Taylor, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 am-3 pm; Wednesday from 10 am – 6 pm and Saturday from 11 am - 3 pm.

Grace Ross Health Center- 14585 Greenfield Rd., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 am-3 pm; Wednesday from 10 am – 6 pm

Northeast Health Center
- 5400 E. Seven Mile Rd., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 am-3 pm; Wednesday from 10 am – 6 pm

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A nurse preparing a shot of the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix
A nurse preparing a shot of the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix
Debbie Nicholson is based in Detroit, Michigan, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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