Cone Health Offers Free Flu Shots to Uninsured
The vaccinations are aimed at those who might not otherwise get one.
With health experts worried about a bad flu season during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cone Health is offering vaccinations to those who might not get one. The first of several flu shot vaccination clinics for the uninsured begins Saturday. Flu shots are for people 6 months of age and above. Vaccinations are unavailable for those with egg allergies.
A bad flu season easily packs hospitals. “We are already nervous with the rising number of COVID-19 cases we are seeing in the community,” says Dr. Olu Jegede, area medical director, Cone Health Medical Group. “We don’t want to see even more people in the hospital during what is usually a busy time of the year.”
However, the number of people coming down with flu and its severity can often be lowered with flu shots. Many health insurance plans cover all or most of the cost of a vaccination. Cone Health wants to help those who don’t have insurance through flu vaccination clinics.
- Oct. 31, Southside Recreation Center, 10am-2pm
- Nov. 4, Oakwood Forest Community Center, 2pm-5pm
- Nov. 7, Cedar Creek Mobile Homes, 9am-12pm
- Nov. 14, Greensboro Coliseum, 9am-1pm
- Nov. 19, One Step Further, 9:30am-12pm
People seeking a shot are asked to wear masks, stay 6 feet apart from one another and clean their hands.
Health experts also hope that masks, social distancing and frequent washing of hands will make it a mild flu season since both diseases spread similarly. “Having large numbers of people in the community also get a flu shot makes it less likely that the flu will spread widely. It would be great to get through the winter without having flu in the equation,” says Jegede.