OWS Receives Flu Shots From Doctors And Nurses

By GLENN WILBURN, Sunday, 13 Nov 2011

MYFOXNY.COM - Doctors and nurses from Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) provided free health care to the Occupy Wall Street protesters at Zuccotti Park on Sunday.

However, a counter protest is being planned against the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators staying in at the park.

The Occupy Wall Street movement is in its third month and many small businesses and residents say it’s time for them to leave.

According to the NYPD, there were two arrests of protesters Saturday night. One of the arrests was for punching an officer.

Police said a fight had started between two men and when they tried to break up it, one of the men stopped and another kept going hitting the officer in the face. The officer wasn’t injured, but both men were taken in.

The Zuccotti Park protesters have been dealing with cold that has been spreading throughout Zuccotti Park.

OWS said within 24 hours of the call for volunteers, close to 70 professionals signed up to provide flu shots.

"We support Occupy Wall Street because economic and social inequalities make our patients sick," says a statement on PNHP-NY Metro's blog. "We support OWS because the private health insurance industry exemplifies the central complaint of the OWS movement: unchecked corporate greed threatens human needs."

The physicians spoke out after providing the flu shot clinic. The health professionals and patients shared their personal stories they feel a national health care system is needed.