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Local Partnership Offering Free Flu Shots to Uninsured

BLOOMINGTON - A partnership between the McLean County Health Department and Walgreens pharmacy is giving people without insurance the chance to get a flu shot.
BLOOMINGTON - A partnership between the McLean County Health Department and Walgreens pharmacy is giving people without insurance the chance to get a flu shot.

The free clinic began today at the Salvation Army.

The vaccine is paid for by Walgreens.

Last year the company partnered with public health departments in chicago to help people safeguard their health.

It was such a success, Walgreens chose to expand the program downstate.

The Salvation Army is thrilled to be able to offer flu shots to visitors.

Director of development Aly Wrezinski, says illness can spread quickly at the shelter if people aren't protected.

“It's just very important to make sure our residents are staying healthy,” said Wrezinski.  Trying to get them stable and back on their feet."

“I get sick during the winter time if I don't have a flu shot,” said Steven Davis.  “Me being sick, it's hard to get out of bed each morning to look for work."

Walgreens will be holding clinics throughout the area till December fourth.

The schedule is listed below:

Thursday, November 14 at Bloomington Township/John M. Scott Health Resources Center, 607 S. Gridley, Suite C, Bloomington,  from 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Monday, November 18 at Home Sweet Home Mission, 303 E. Oakland Ave., Bloomington, from 11:30 a.m.—2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 20 at The Hub in conjunction with Immanuel Health Center, 502 S. Morris, Suite G, Bloomington, from 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 4th at the Community Health Care Clinic, 902 N. Franklin Avenue, Normal, from 8:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m.; clinic is closed for lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

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