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Flu Shots Remain Available, Not Too Late to Get One

Posted at: 01/14/2013 6:57 PM
Updated at: 01/14/2013 7:07 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- With this flu outbreak set to last another couple weeks it's still not too late to get a flu shot.

Comfort Heath Care in Rochester is doing everything they can to prevent the flu from spreading in their work place.

"It's very critical for us to make sure that were doing our scope of responsibilities by providing vaccines to all out staff and patients," said executive director Teresa Pawlina.

With many of their patients over the age of 65 they know how crucial it is to protect them from the flu, but they also believe age doesn't matter.

"I think it should be concerning for every group," said Pawlina.

That's why after they had plenty of vaccine left over from vaccinating their patients and workers, they've decided to share it with the community. Tuesday they will be giving out free flu shots to anyone in need.

"We want to make sure the individuals that have not received the vaccine, do so we are going to provide flu shots," said Pawlina.

While demand has been high for the vaccine, Mower County Public Health says there is still plenty to go around.

"Some pharmacies have run out of the vaccines, but there is still plenty," Lisa Kocher.

Mayo Clinic has had to increase their staffing due to the flu outbreak.

"We are seeing high rates, especially in our urgent cares," said Dr. Pritish Tosh.

He says there is still no exact estimate as to when the flu will let up, so it is still very important to get that vaccine.

"The vaccine doesn't protect immediately however we don't know how long it will continue and if it does continue for several weeks people that get vaccinated will be protected."

Besides offering free vaccinations to all, Comfort Health is hoping to do everything they can to stop the spread. That includes offering sanitizer and face masks when you walk in their door.

“We strongly encourage that, it's the front line in protecting people from the disease," said Pawlina.

Comfort Health Care is offering the vaccines from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. They are located in the Blum Business Center on Superior Drive NW near Mr. Pizza North.

The shots are free. All you need to do is fill out some paper work.