As the flu season approaches, health experts are warning that the addition of another respiratory illness on top of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could overburden the health care system, strain testing capacity, and increase the risk of catching both diseases at once. These concerns have experts urging everyone to get their flu shot this year.
Roseman University College of Pharmacy, under the direction of Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Dr. Christina Madison, has collaborated with the Southern Nevada Health District to offer free flu shots at pop-up clinics throughout Clark County. The flu shots are available to anyone aged 19 or older, free-of-cost.
Upcoming pop-up clinics will be held:
- October 13, 9 am to 12 pm – Center for Behavioral Health – 3470 W. Cheyenne Ave #400, North Las Vegas
- October 15, 1:30 to 4 pm – The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada – 401 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas
- October 21, 1 to 4 pm – Avella Pharmacy on Shadow Lane – 701 Shadow Ln #110, Las Vegas
- October 26, 9 am to 12 pm – Center for Behavioral Health – 3050 E. Desert Inn Rd #116, Las Vegas
- October 29, 1:30 to 4 pm – The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada – 401 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas
More dates and locations may be added. Be sure to follow Roseman University on social media for updates.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the burden of influenza disease in the United States can vary widely and is determined by a number of factors including the characteristics of circulating viruses, the timing of the season, how well the vaccine is working to protect against illness, and how many people are vaccinated. While the impact of flu varies, even without COVID-19 it places a substantial burden on the health of people in the United States each year. CDC estimates that the flu has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.