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Grayson Mendenhall
November 4, 2008

Voters at three Charlotte polling sites can get their annual flu shot after casting their ballot on Nov. 4.

The vaccination clinics are being held as part of the national Vote & Vax program. Pharmacists from Pike’s Pharmacy and the Charlotte Area Health Education Center and students from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will staff the clinics.

Flu shots will be offered at three Charlotte polling sites on Election Day:

  • Merry Oaks Elementary, 3508 Draper Avenue, Charlotte
    Contact on site: Jesse Pike, 704-519-5991
  • Windsor Park Elementary, 3910 Sudbury Road, Charlotte
    Contact on site: Jennifer Barbour, 704-930-8544
  • Shamrock Gardens Elementary, 3301 Country Club Road, Charlotte
    Contact on site: Joan Settlemyer, 704-577-7676

The shot is free to those covered by Medicare. There is a charge of $25 for all others. You do not have to vote to be vaccinated. Those who do vote will be vaccinated after casting their ballot.

The clinics will run from 6:30 a.m. when the polls open until 6 p.m.

Vote & Vax is organized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration. This is the first year that Vote & Vax clinics will be operating widely across the country. On Election Day in 2006, the program delivered 13,790 influenza vaccinations at 127 polling places in 14 states.

Media Contacts
David Etchison
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Jennifer Barbour
Pike’s Pharmacy, Charlotte

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