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Casino Gambles on Flu Shot

4 November 2005

CONNECTICUT – As reported by the ABC News: "If you're not a gambler or a fan of extravagant stage shows and exotic cocktails, the Mohegan Sun Casino may have found another offering to reel you in: flu shots.

"Mohegan Sun — located on Mohegan tribal land in Uncasville, Conn. — is offering anyone who visits the hotel and casino access to a flu and pneumonia clinic where shots for both are administered on designated days. There's a reasonable fee, but if you're a member of the casino's Player's Club, and have enough points, you can get the shots on the house.

"…So is it simply a thoughtful public service, or one of the most unusual and original marketing ploys ever conceived?

"…In the past, the Mohegan Tribal Health Department, which hosts the clinic, has limited the event to just one day or so. But this year it's open to all those who want to take a break from pulling one-armed bandits to take a shot in the arm themselves.

"…With chips constantly changing hands and slot and video poker machines with arms and buttons continuously mashed by a parade of eager digits full of germs, a casino may be a smart place to fight the flu.

"…On Thursdays through Dec. 8, 2005, Mohegan Sun will continue to offer the shots to anyone 65 or older, as well as pregnant women, adults with chronic health conditions, health care workers and caregivers engaged in direct patient care,or for children 6 months or younger.

"Flu shots are $30 and pneumonia shots will run you $46, but if you have a good day shooting craps, the cards turn in your favor or you hit it big on a one-armed bandit, it's a mere pittance…"

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