Mayor Tom Barrett was among 70 adults and 49 children who rolled up their sleeves to get a flu shot at Neighborhood House during Milwaukee’s annual Flu Shot Kickoff, October 30. Reporters from the Journal Sentinel, CBS News 58, and Milwaukee Health Department officials were on hand to get out the message on the flu shots. Influenza (the flu) is among the most common contagious respiratory illnesses in the United States, and can be serious, leading to hospitalization and sometimes death. The vaccine is an effective way for all individuals over 6 months of age — especially those at greatest risk for serious complications including adults 65 and older, children younger than 5, and pregnant women — to protect themselves.
The free vaccines were on a first come, first served basis. Demand was high – by 5pm they were gone!
The event was a boon for NH families, friends and staff. They saved money (+$30 a shot at area clinics) and time, eliminating the need to take off work or schedule an appointment. Michelle Watts, coordinator of the event for Neighborhood House, said city officials were pleased with the turnout, and look forward to collaborating with NH on future events.