Parkview Health Community Nursing announced Thursday they will offer nearly 1,000 doses of the flu mist vaccine, free, to children who qualify.
Since October 1, there have been 18 influenza-associated pediatric deaths and more than 2,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations reported in the U.S. Seven people have died in Indiana, two were pediatric patients. According to the CDC, influenza is spreading at an alarming rate with 41 states seeing widespread illness.
The free flu mist vaccine will be offered to eligible children who are on Hoosier Healthwise or have no health insurance or insurance that does not pay for vaccines. Children must also be healthy with no chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, seizures or heart conditions.
Parkview Health Community Nursing officials will be offering the free flu mist vaccines: Friday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Carew Medical Center, 1818 Carew St., Fort Wayne and Monday, Jan. 14, from 1 - 5 p.m. at the K21 Health Services Pavilion, Conference Rooms A & B, 1515 Provident Drive, Warsaw.