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Flu Shots Are Especially Needed This Year — So The City Is Hosting 50+ Events With Free Vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend people get their flu shot before the end of October.

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CHICAGO — Chicagoans can get their flu shots for free at one of more than 50 events being hosted by the city health department.

The Chicago Department of Public Health is urging everyone to get vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 so hospitals don’t get overwhelmed by a double epidemic this fall and winter. People can get the vaccines at the same time through separate shots.

All COVID-19 vaccinations are free and do not require insurance — but flu shots often do require someone to have insurance or to pay. To help folks get flu shots, the health department is hosting or sponsoring dozens of clinics on Oct. 16 and Oct. 23 where the flu shots will be given for free.

The full schedule of clinics is available online. People will soon be able to register online to get their shots at the events, but walk-ins will also be accepted.

“This season getting vaccinated is more important than ever. As we await the COVID vaccine for children under 12, it is important that you get your annual flu shot and, if you haven’t already, your COVID-19 vaccine,” Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said in a statement.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend people get their flu shot before the end of October, and officials have urged eligible people to get their COVID-19 shots immediately to be best protected against the virus.

Residents who can’t attend one of the city’s events can also get flu shots from their primary care provider, a pharmacy or a clinic. The city has a site with information about where to get a flu vaccine nearby.

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