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Need a flu shot? Uber is making house calls

Uber delivered flu prevention kits and vaccines on demand throughout Chicago last year.

Uber delivered flu prevention kits and vaccines on demand throughout Chicago last year.  (Jean-Marc Giboux/AP Images for Uber)

Uber says it's now making "house calls," at least for one day. The ride-sharing service says that after the success of last year's program, it is offering flu shots to people in 35 cities for $10 between 11am and 3pm on Thursday, Nov. 19, the Washington Post reports.

The shot—technically free, as long as a $10 "wellness pack" is purchased—comes with a nurse, who will actually deliver up to 10 shots with the purchase of that single pack, meaning you and your co-workers can take care of business for the low, low cost of $1 each.

Of course, there may be a tussle over who gets to keep the pack, which includes an UberHEALTH-branded water bottle and tote, tissues, hand sanitizer, and a lollipop.

Those who select the UberHEALTH option via their app are asked to "select a suitable indoor location prior to UberHEALTH arriving," and the shot may be administered to those ages 4 and up.

The nurses will be provided by a company called Passport Health, which will share the costs of the program with Uber and health data-mining firm Epidemico, reports the Chicago Tribune.

It adds that 10,000 shots will be available; 2,000 vaccinations were given in just four cities by Uber last year. Instructions on how to take part, and a list of all the cities covered, can be found on Uber's "UberHealth" page.

(Last month, Uber drivers delivered something soft and fuzzy to cuddle-craving users in 50 cities.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: Uber Delivering Flu Shots for $10

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