Mobile flu clinics keep busy during winter months

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 1/15/2013 9:22 am Published: 1/14/2013 6:35 pm

Mobile flu vaccination clinics have been busier than ever as the demand for influenza vaccinations continues to rise.

Hotshots Healthcare in Tulsa has experienced a spike in flu shot demand in January, which is typically a quiet season.

“The phones are ringing off the wall, the emails just keep coming left and right with people who can’t find the vaccine in Tulsa,” said registered nurse with Hotshots, Jenny Lawless.

Hotshots provides influenza vaccinations for $25 dollars at the customer’s place of business. Lawless says the mobile clinic has been in high demand with people who haven’t been able to find the flu shot at their physician’s office.

“Traditionally we aren’t this busy this late in the season,” said Lawless, “People are calling because the flu has really hit Tulsa hard this year and we still have flu shots available.”

Hotshots no longer has the pediatric flu shot available but is stocked with the adult immunization.

FOX23 went along with Lawless and another nurse as the immunized employees at Massage Envy Spa in south Tulsa.

Clinic Administrator for Massage Envy Spa Rebeca Moore told FOX23 that she contacted Hotshots Healthcare for flu shots due to the nature of their business.

“We do facials and massages and are in close contact with our clients and because of that we want to make sure that our employees have the flu shot, if they don’t have it already, and are healthy throughout the season,” said Moore.

Moore says that the mobile clinic helped meet their demand even when they have busy schedules.

“A lot of our employees are unable to make it in to a clinic or a physician because of their schedules or because of life in general,” said Moore.

Lawless says she anticipates that busy schedule will continue during the next few months.

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