Walk-in flu shot clinics available; experts urge people to protect themselves from virus

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As the flu virus continues to spread throughout Indiana, medical professionals are spreading the message that it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

“Even if you think you’re the healthy person who doesn’t get the shot and doesn’t get the flu and you’re fine, you could still be a carrier for the young kids in your house or the elderly you come in contact with. It is still a good idea for you to get the flu shot,” said Heather Hughet with Visiting Nurse Service at St. Francis.

Hughet said people often think if they’ve already been sick then they don’t need a shot, but the vaccine protects against three strains of Influenza. Getting a shot can prevent a person from getting a different strain of the virus.

Visiting Nurse Service is offering walk-in flu shot clinics Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at 4701 North Keystone Avenue.

“We’ve had a lot of phone calls….That’s why we opened it up to have walk-in clinics for Wednesday and Thursday, because there have been so many phone calls and people trying to scramble and get their flu shot now,” said Hughet.

Some people have called with concerns about a vaccine shortage. Hughet said there is still enough vaccine to go around but with a higher demand some local clinics are running out before the next shipment comes in.

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