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Tue., Sept. 27, 2011, 2:49 p.m.

Fred Meyer stores in Washington and Idaho offering needle-free flu vaccine

The option of needle-free fall flu shots is being offered at Fred Meyer stores in Idaho and Washington, the company announced.

The company press release said "most" Fred Meyer stores will have needle-free and traditional options. You may need to call ahead to confirm, if you're looking for the newer version.

This is the first time Fred Meyer stores and pharmacies have provided the needle-free injections, said Marc Cecchini, vice president and director of pharmacy for Fred Meyer Stores.

Injections use a Biojector, a CO2 gas-propelled system that  delivers medications or vaccines through a sterile single-use syringe.  The system has three components: a durable injection device, a disposable needle-free syringe, and a CO2 cartridge.  The plastic syringe is the only part of the system that comes in contact with the patient's skin. 

After each injection, the used syringe is discarded and a new one is inserted for the next shot.

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