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Uber offers free flu shots to Syracuse residents

© 2016 AP Photo by Jean-Marc Giboux for Uber

© 2016 AP Photo by Jean-Marc Giboux for Uber

Uber offers free flu shots

By Rashika Jaipuriar SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) —  Although upstate New Yorkers can’t use Uber due to legal issues, the ride hailing company offered free flu shots through the ‘health’ feature on its app.

From 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. users in Syracuse, and 14 other cities across the nation, were able to request a care package, including water and vitamins, and free flu shots for up to five people. The flu shots were administered by nurses from Passport Health.

Uber’s health advisor Dr. John Brownstein discussed the idea in a blog post.

“Over the last three years, people from Boston to Cape Town have had the opportunity to press a button and fight the flu,” Brownstein said in his post. “And we’re confident that together–with a sprinkle of care and a dash of technology–we can build a healthier future for everyone, in every city.”

For some local residents, however, the scheme isn’t practical. As upstate New York native Rachel Wendell said, she didn’t know about it because Uber doesn’t work here.

“I’m from Liverpool, New York and there’s no Uber around here because there’s an issue with the taxi cab union…so I don’t even have the app or anything.”