People getting vaccinated ahead of peak flu season, some places out of high dose

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The flu season is here and some places are urging people to get shots sooner than later because some places are running out.

The West Central Health District administers flu shots on a walk-in basis on Wednesday night. (Source: Holly Barraclough, KNOP TV)

The West Central District Health Department in North Platte said some places, including them as of Wednesday, are out of the high dose flu shot for those 65 and older.

They said the benefits of the flu shot are, reducing your chance to get the flu or if you do get it, the symptoms will be lessened.

Shannon Vanderheiden with The West Central District Health Department, said the peak season for flu is coming.

"Another important thing is, it's not too late to get the flu shot, it's also not too early to get the flu vaccine," said Vanderheiden, "Peak season for flu, is well, your flu season is fall and winter months, but your peak season is December to February so get your flu shot before we get into that peak season."

The health department said the flu shot is available for free without insurance through a government program or most insurances they have seen will cover the cost of the vaccine.

Their hours of operation are:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., and Fridays 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.