Clinic in Tampa Bay offers free flu shots to parents and children

FL Dept. of Health in Pinellas hosted "Flu Boo"
Posted at 10:14 PM, Oct 17, 2018

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — State health officials hosted a flu clinic on Wednesday offering free flu shots to parents and children. 

"We all needed our flu shots. If we do it individually, we've got to pay co-pays and take time off work and school so this was a really convenient way to get it done," said Lisa Signorelli, parent.

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County hosted its annual "Flu Boo" clinic on Wednesday at the Pinellas Park health department. 

Families didn't have to leave their car to get a shot.

"We gave the flu shot right from their car. We had nurses out on the side of the building administering flu shots," said Audrey Stasko, Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. 

ABC Action News reported last week, an unvaccinated child died after testing positive for Influenza B. 

Health officials did not say where the death occurred but said most counties reported no or mild flu activity. Health officials expect more cases in the coming weeks.

Katherine Shaw got her flu shot and offered this advice to other children.

"It seems like it will hurt a lot and you get really worried, but just don't think about it and look away and you don't even feel it," said Katherine Shaw. 

Last year, DOH-Pinellas provided more than 160 vaccines to residents. This year, nurses gave close to 250 vaccines. 

Flu vaccines are recommended for anyone older than six months of age, but they're especially important for seniors, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions.