By Sharon Aron Baron
With flu season coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic, one urgent care center offers free flu shots to help keep the community healthy and safe.
MD NOW Urgent Care is offering flu shots free of charge at all of its 50-plus locations in Florida — including in Tamarac. This is for those who are currently uninsured. If you have insurance, it will be used.
The CDC recommends that all people six months of age and older get a yearly flu vaccine, and now with flu season and COVID-19 happening at the same time, health officials say getting a flu shot is more important than ever. The flu vaccine reduces your chances of getting the flu by 40-60 percent, and statistics from the 2018-2019 flu season show the vaccine prevented an estimated 4.4 million influenza illnesses.
Dr. Jeffrey Collins, MD NOW’s Chief Medical Officer, said that since it is possible to contract the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, they suggest that people protect themselves the best they can.
“We felt it was important to offer the vaccine for free this year to help avoid co-infections and prevent an additional burden on hospitals and first responders who are already overwhelmed.”
No appointment is necessary, and customers can now check-in online at MDNOW.com.
All locations are physician-led and have additional safety measures in place to meet CDC guidelines. This vaccine applies to the seasonal quadrivalent flu shot, which is regularly $40.
The Tamarac location is open 365 days a year, seven days a week, from 8 am to 8 pm Monday – Friday, and 8 am – 4 pm Saturday – Sunday. 4640 Located at W. Commercial Boulevard and at 5817 N. University Drive.
Vaccines are administered by trained medical professionals and will be available while supplies last.
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Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk, Coral Springs Talk and Parkland Talk.
Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac.
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