H1N1 Flu Shots Given Out At Basketball Game

Many shots were taken on the hardwood Wednesday at Minges Coliseum, but one organization was giving shots out as well.

Fans took time out during the ECU men's basketball game Wednesday night to get their H1N1 vaccination.

"The flu stops with me" is the slogan the student health services staff used to encourage people to swing by and get their swine flu shot.

As of January 30th, only 5 percent of college students in North Carolina have received the vaccine distributed to colleges through the Division of Public Health.

Health Officials at ECU thought using the atmosphere of a basketball game would help people relax.

The student health services will be offering more H1N1 vaccinations during the basketball game this Saturday at 7PM.

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  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Feb 25, 2010 at 11:44 AM
    More people get the flu than they do GBS. However, the risk of dying from the swine flu (1 in 10000) verses dying from GBS (1-2 in 100) IS HIGHER. This is what scares me. There are those that are at higher risk of getting flu due to health issues (age, illness, pregnancy). What is the probability a healthy college student would get the swine flu and then DIE from it? And how do we really know who has swine flu or not if medical offices aren't testing every patient that exhibits symptoms? I believe it's important to consider these questions and weigh the risks. The risk of having a reaction may be slim but that reaction could be deadly.
  • by health care worker Location: Greenville on Feb 25, 2010 at 09:32 AM
    While any vaccine or medication always carries some potential risk, the risk of having a flu related complication or death far outweighs a miniscule chance of having Guillain-Barre syndrome. H1N1 has proven dangerous to young people and while there is always a chance of an adverse reaction, people should not be scared of the vaccine.
  • by Concerned citizen Location: Greenville on Feb 25, 2010 at 06:42 AM
    PLEASE BE AWARE of possible side effects of any flu vaccine, including H1N1 (mist and injection). There have been a few cases in the Greenville area of Guillian-Barret Syndrome (GBS). This is a VERY serious disease that attacks the spine and peripheral nervous system, leaving you paralyzed and unable to breathe. Recovery will take months to YEARS. According the CDC, this reaction is rare (1-2 in 100,000) but after seeing this happen to my friend and spreading the word, I have learned of many cases. It would be interesting to see others' comments on whether you know someone that has suffered from GBS or had a reaction to the flu vaccine. It seems to be something under-reported and we don't hear about it on the news. Please research this before you consider getting the swine flu vaccine.

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