Busy Flu Season Has VNA Holding Extra Clinics

OMAHA(KPTM)-It's not too late to protect yourself against the flu- which is hitting Nebraska hard. A Douglas County man in his 60's recently died from the flu. The C. D.C.'s most recent influenza map has Nebraska showing widespread flu activity. Increases are expected in the next few weeks, so the Visiting Nurse Association is holding flu clinics to help accommodate people.

Nurses say younger to middle aged adults have been hit hard by the H1N1 flu strain this year. The C. D.C. recommends everyone get a flu shot each year for most people six months of age and older. Tonight the clinic offered both traditional shots and the flu mist vaccine at its location near 125th and West Center. "We've had a lot of people calling in and saying 'can we make an appointment?," so we just decided because of the increased activity we would offer a clinic tonight and try to get more people vaccinated," said Cindy Ruma who helped to coordinate this evening's clinic which closed at 7pm.

The next clinic will be held on Monday, January 13th from 4pm to 7pm at 12565 West Center St., There will also be one held at the V.N.A.'s Council Bluffs office on January 28th from five to seven, but that one will be by appointment only. To set one up call 712-328-3990.

The cost of the shot through the V.N.A. is $25.00, the mist costs $30.00 and some insurances are accepted for partial or full payment of the shot. If you are planning on using your insurance, the V.N.A. recommends checking with your company to find out what kind of coverage you have before coming in to get the shot.