According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), everyone 6 months of age and older should get their yearly flu vaccine, ideally by October.
Children age 6 months through 8 years old should have two doses, four weeks apart as per CDC guidelines. Other vulnerable populations who are advised to get flu shots include the elderly, those with chronic lung conditions including asthma, those with metabolic disorders including diabetes, those who have suppressed immune systems, pregnant women, and children and teens who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who might be at risk for experiencing Reye’s syndrome after an influenza virus infection.
Allied Clinic at 1147 E. Glendale Ave. will offer low-cost flu shots without appointments beginning in mid-September. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 602-279-3800 or visit www.alliedclinic.com.