Letter: The flu’s on you, Metro

Re: ‘One shot you won’t regret the next day’ (Metro, Oct. 7)

The picture you show in the article is misleading. I am a nurse and was shocked to see the picture you posted in the article with the “nurse” holding a large 10-milliliter syringe with a large needle. It’s scary enough to tell people they need to get a shot, but this is the incorrect needle and syringe.

We want people to get the flu shot and this will make them think the needle and syringe is huge. They now offer an even smaller needle to be given subcutaneously, so that they barely feel it. That would have been a better picture to show. I read your paper every day on the train, as do many other people.

You reach a lot of people, and you had the opportunity to influence them to get the flu shot, but I fear that this needle scared them into not getting it. Hospitals and doctor’s offices are overrun with people who will not get the flu shot and then get the flu, which is what we are trying to prevent.

Anne Marie Pettit, via email


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