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Free Flu Clinic Traveling Through The Metroplex

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NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) — It was packed inside Forestwood Middle School in Flower Mound Wednesday.

Parents scrambed to get their kids a flu mist or shot.

“I tried to get the shot from my pediatrician but they said they were out,” says Miriam Olascoaga. “They kept telling me call in a few weeks and see if it’s in and I was like I’m going to have to look around and see if I can find it somewhere else then.”

Olascoaga looked desperately for weeks and finally heard about the free flu clinic. She drove in the rain and waited to get her one year old the flu shot.

“When I saw this I told my husband we better get here now,” says Lisa Bishop who brought her 7 year old son. “He has asthma and I know we needed to come here.”

DFW Metroplex CareVan sponsored the clinic. It had more than a thousand doses of the flu shot and flu mist.

“Unfortunately parents have gotten complacent in the past few years we haven’t had big flu clinics since H1N1 and parents have gotten a little lazy and taken the time and trouble to get vaccine early,” says Beth Stodieck with the organization.

Children between the ages of 6 months to 18 years of age are eligible. Also, children who have Medicaid and no insurance qualify to get the free shots or mists.

The organization will have three more free flu clinics next week, and they have more scheduled throughout the spring.

On Monday, January 14th, there will be one in Arlington at Trinity UMC, 1200 W. Green Oaks Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
On Tuesday, January 15th, there will be one in Duncanville at Trinity Methodist Church, 1302 S. Clark Rd., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
On Thursday, January 17th, there is one in Bedford at HEB ISD Pat May Center, 1849 Central Dr., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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