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Flu Shot — or Not

You might be surprised to hear the results of an informal survey of customers and others outside CVS on Monday.


Flu shmoo.

At least that's what it seemed people surveyed outside CVS pharmacy were thinking in Swampscott Monday.

While others are scrambling to get a flu shot in a season where the flu is rampant some have yet to get one and aren't frantic to do so.

Bob Jean of Salem hasn't had a flu shot since 1946. It was just after World War II. He served in the US Navy from 1944-46 in the South Pacific aboard a cargo ship ferrying Marines and munitions.

Nearby in the CVS parking lot, waiting in a car for a friend, Swampscott resident Denis Dorgan said he has not got a flu shot this year.

The Swampscott High Class of 2011 grad has been working at a hospital and thought about getting one but hasn't.

But he might be getting one soon. And again there is a military connection. He has signed up for the US Army and soon will be shipping out to boot camp.

Elizabeth Brooking of Salem has yet to get a flu shot, either.

She has given it some thought, she said. And even researched it. But has yet to move on getting a shot.

Meanwhile, for those who want a shot from a local pharmacy, CVS pharmacists from Quincy to Salem and out to Newton said on Sunday that they were out of flu shots, said the Boston Business Journal.


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