Dancing ‘syringes’ promote 2013 flu vaccine

Mopani Pharmacy recently took a novel approach to promote getting vaccinated against flu this year.Students Reuben Mnisi and Mthokozisi Nyalunga dressed up as giant syringes and took to the busy traffic intersections in Nelspruit and White River on Friday 22 February to hand out flyers. They also spread awareness on Saturday at I’Langa Mall. The public was highly entertained by the two friendly dancing syringes whose costumes were made by Mopani’s graphic designer, Barry Odendaal.

Flu – also scientifically known as influenza – is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus. Getting the flu vaccination is the most important way to reduce one’s chances of contracting flu. Due to slight changes in the genetic material of the influenza viruses A and B, new virus strains emerge each year. The emergence of new strains and the fact that the flu vaccine is only effective for 8 to 12 months means that vaccines have to be updated each season.

The 2013 flu vaccine is now available at Mopani. No appointment is needed. For more information contact the pharmacy on 013 755 5500.

Reuben Mnisi in action during a recent campaign by Mopani Pharmacy spreading awareness for getting the flu shot.

Reuben Mnisi in action during a recent campaign by Mopani Pharmacy spreading awareness for getting the flu shot.

Mopani students Mthokozisi Nyalunga and Reuben Mnisi dressed up as syringes over the weekend to promote getting vaccinated against flu. Little Riley Odendaal eagerly helped out. The 2013 flu vaccine is now available at Mopani Pharmacy.
Mopani students Mthokozisi Nyalunga and Reuben Mnisi dressed up as syringes over the weekend to promote getting vaccinated against flu. Little Riley Odendaal eagerly helped out. The 2013 flu vaccine is now available at Mopani Pharmacy.

A close up look at the novel syringe costume donned by student Reuben Mnisi to promote the 2013 flu vaccine now available at Mopani Pharmacy.

A close up look at the novel syringe costume donned by student Reuben Mnisi to promote the 2013 flu vaccine now available at Mopani Pharmacy.

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1 Response to “Dancing ‘syringes’ promote 2013 flu vaccine”


  1. 1 Nadine Odendaal March 1, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    What a clever idea! I think it really hit home…..!


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