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Free Flu Shots Available Around Las Vegas Valley

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LAS VEGAS -- With flu season just around the corner, health officials are doing what they can to prepare. Several no-cost flu clinics will held to help keep families healthy.

Many people at the clinics say they are just happy to do what they can gear up for the season. Several families also admit if it weren't for the free flu shots, they would probably go without this year. That's something they've done in the past, but regretted.

"All the family was sick every day and also my kids lost days at school -- like two or three days a month," said Gabriela Elias.

Dozens of children and parents lined up for their flu shots or flu mists at the Acelero Learning Headstart. The event was held by the Southern Nevada Immunization Coalition.

Families there say even though the season isn't here just yet, they would rather be safe than sorry and take advantage of the free clinic.

Health experts say with only mild flu seasons in other parts of the world, they expect the same here. Despite that fact, their advice is to get vaccinated.

"Now is the time to get your flu shot. We have a lot of travelers in our town and if they have flu in other parts of the country they can bring it to us so we need people to be vaccinated<' said Tracy Puckett, director of infection control and critical care at University Medical Center.

Puckett says last year's season was unusual because of the strain of flu people were hit with. However, the vaccines now being offered also cover H1N1.

There does appear to be plenty of supply of vaccine. So unlike last year, there won't be any shortages or priority lists to wait through before being vaccinated.

There are still more than a dozen no-cost flu clinics that will be held in the coming weeks through out the valley. According to the organization putting on the events, they are a first come, first served basis. But children have to be at least 6-months-old.

Here is a list of upcoming events:

October 12
Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Acelero Learning CC, HeadStart, 2845 Mohawk St., Las Vegas 89146
(Community Clinic)

October 23
Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.
Teamsters 631 Union Hall, 700 N. Lamb Blvd., Las Vegas 89110
(Community Clinic)

December 9
Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
West Prep School, 2050 Saphire Stone, Las Vegas 89106
(Community Clinic)

Click here for a list of shot clinics being held in rural areas.

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