Hundreds of Valley residents get free flu shots |

Hundreds of Valley residents get free flu shots

Staff Reports

Nearly 1,200 Carson Valley residents turned out on Saturday to get a free flu shot.

With about 2,000 flu shots available at Minden Elementary School, the lines were longer in the morning but shortened as the day wore on. About an eighth of the people there received vaccinations in the parking lot.

The flu vaccination dispensation was an exercise in distributing a large number of inoculations to people at one time conducted by Douglas County Emergency Management.

The vaccination covered the three types of flu believed to be a threat this season, including the H1N1. Even if a new strain comes out, a flu shot can provide some protection.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, flu activity is minimal in Nevada so far this year.

An annual flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months or older.

Several places are providing flu shots this fall, including pharmacies and area hospitals.

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center is hosting a flu shot clinic 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at Minden Medical Center. The cost is $25.