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Not for publication Oct. 29, 1998 – No. 799


9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998
Five locations in Chapel Hill, Durham,
Graham, Pittsboro and Siler City (see below)

Whether it’s a trick or treat depends on your point of view: 70 UNC-CH nursing students will give free flu shots on Halloween

Seventy students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing will administer free flu shots to the public Saturday (Oct. 31) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In keeping with the day’s mood -- and to help lessen the sting -- the students will wear Halloween-style T-shirts and offer patients orange punch and black cookies.

The free flu-shot clinics are sponsored by UNC Health Care’s Urgent Care Center. Students will work under the supervision of faculty instructors, and no appointment is necessary. Flu shots will be offered at the following locations:

UNC Ambulatory Care Center, Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill

Highgate Family Medical Center, 5317 Highgate Drive (off N.C. 54), Durham

Fearrington Medical Center, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro

Community Health Center, 6343 Snow Camp Road, Graham

Chatham Primary Care, 311 N. Fir Ave., Siler City.

Flu shots are recommended for anyone older than 16, but especially people who have chronic disease and respiratory illnesses such as asthma; are 65 or older; or are pregnant and in their second or third trimester.

This is the third year UNC Health Care has offered free flu shots to the public and the second time it has enlisted the help of UNC-CH School of Nursing faculty and students. The partnership benefits both:

the hospital gets qualified volunteers to administer shots, while the students gain valuable, hands-on experience.

Visuals: Nursing students dressed in Halloween-style T-shirts will administer shots. Each clinic will serve orange punch and black cookies. Faculty will only supervise the students; the students will perform all necessary procedures.

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UNC Health Care media contact: Lynn Wooten, 919-966-3366

School of Nursing contacts: Renee Kinzie or Kelly Almond, 919-966-1412

News Services contact: Karen Stinneford, 919-962-8415