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People travel to Waterloo for seasonal flu clinic

by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) People traveled to Waterloo Monday for a seasonal flu shot clinic at the Kimball Ridge Center.

Alison Northrop and her two kids came from Arlington because that clinic ran out of the flu vaccine.

"My son is high risk with respiratory problems so we really wanted to avoid the illness, and I stay home with them so it's hard to take care of kids when you're sick," said Alison Northrop.

The Lobeck family drove in from Tripoli. All three decided to get the flu mist this year.

"I thought it might be a little easier on the girls," said Jason Lobeck.

"It was reallly easy because when they put it up my nose it just tasted like cinnamon," said seven-year-old Brianna Lobeck.

Most people had to wait in line for about 15 to 20 minutes at the clinic.

Outpatient Treatment Services Director Cheryl Neill said supply is lower this year, but demand is higher.

"I think more people are paying attention. We've always had lines when we've done our clinics, but we've typically only done two each year. This year we've been trying to do two or three a week," said Neill. 

So far Covenant has given more than 2,000 flu vaccines. Neill said the vaccine takes two weeks to be fully effective and it should last all flu season.

It's recommended everyone get the flu vaccine. But whether you get it or not common sense still applies. Cough into your elbow, wash your hands and stay home if you're sick.

There's another flu shot clinic Wednesday at the Cedar Falls Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Kimball Ridge Center in Waterloo might have another one Thursday or Friday this week.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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