Four Valley mayors came together and got their flu shots this week to hit home the importance of getting vaccinated.
Phoenix is offering free flu shots at four city parks the next two weekends.
The mayors, who got their shots at a local Walgreens, included Phoenix’s Kate Gallego, Tempe’s Corey Woods, Avondale’s Kenn Weise and Tolleson’s Anna Tovar.
Weise acknowledged it was his first time getting a flu shot. “This year, I am proud to roll up my sleeve and join my fellow mayors in setting the example for getting vaccinated against the seasonal flu,” he said in a statement.
Public health officials have stressed the importance of getting the seasonal flu vaccine during the novel coronavirus pandemic to reduce the stress many hospitals could potentially face this fall and winter.
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A flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, but it will help “reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death” according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The seasonal flu can be dangerous, as the CDC says those at more risk include those with chronic diseases, older people and children.
The CDC estimated the vaccine prevented approximately 58,000 hospitalizations during the 2018-19 season. To learn more about the seasonal flu shot, go to the CDC website.
Free flu shots in Phoenix
Phoenix partnered with Passport Health to offer free flu shots to residents.
The dates and locations are:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17:
- Desert West Park, 6602 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix.
- Cesar Chavez Park 7858 S. 35th Ave., Laveen Village.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24:
- El Oso Park, 3451 N. 75th Ave., Phoenix.
- El Reposo Park, 502 E. Alta Vista Road, Phoenix.