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Our local Wal-Mart is offering the new FluMist nasal flu vaccine to be administered IN STORE, by the pharmacists. This is the only store pharmacy in our area doing so. All other pharmacies refer patients to their physician's offices to receive it.<br><br>
Ladies, this is a LIVE virus vaccine (the flu SHOT is inactivated/dead), and will be immediately shed from the upper respiratory system immediately upon administration. In other words, as soon as someone gets it, they begin spreading this live virus to everyone around them.<br><br>
The virus continues to be shed for three WEEKS after being given.<br><br>
Anyone receiving FluMist should NOT be in close contact with any at-risk individuals for those three weeks (yeah, who is going to quarantine themselves??). This includes pregnant women, the very young (under 5) and those over 50, and anyone with a compromised immune system (undergoing cancer treatments, chronically ill, etc...).<br><br>
Tp protect your health, and the health of loved ones, check with your local pharmacies and inquire as to whether they will be spraying this in their stores.<br><br>
Anyone receiving FluMist will probably need tissues after being sprayed and just envision those tissues being discarded in shopping carts (how many trash bins do you ever see in a store?). And, anyone carrying those virus-laden tissues after having wiped their noses holding onto cart handles and handling store merchandise. Picture your kids touching those same carts. YECH!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"><br><br>
Honestly, I don't know why it isn't being considered a public health menace. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"><br><br>
I've written to our Wal-Mart complaing about this. I hope they'll back-off on their plans.<br><br>
This form of the flu vaccine costs $45 per dose - vs - $10-$15 for the flu shot.<br><br>
If you find any stores you frequent are offering it, contact the managers and chief pharmacists and complain.<br><br>
Like we need help contracting the flu!!<br><br>
Leslie
 

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It's being offered here (in Lake Stevens) in two of our drug stores (Bartell's and Rite Aid). In fact, it's being offered in Rite Aid TOMORROW, so I don't even have time to write a letter about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'm an *at risk* person, since I'm on an immuno-suppressant drug, and I have to visit pharmacies (duh!) to get my meds, PLUS, the post office is located inside Bartell's. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: So this completely sucks for me. Fortunately, I'll be at home (having a diaper party! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> ) tomorrow, so I won't have to worry about being out among the contagious... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 
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