I finally got my flu shot the other day — the pediatrician’s office was offering them for parents and caregivers, and I happened to be there, so it was easy and I took the opportunity. Late December, hmm.
It reminded me of how hard it can be to get this simple task done. Others have gotten the handy Duane Reade version, as our friend did. Health officials say they can be useful from October through March.
Now that the usefulness of the shot may be called into question — isn’t it late in the season to be doing this? are flu shots necessary anyway? wait, we haven’t heard that this is a bad flu season! — let us be late to the party and point to things like what this writer did in LA, posting well-organized lists showing where free flu shots may be found. (Hint: it refers to 2011, but if you click through to the county web site, you’ll get the list of free clinics.)
In New York City, we found this list of walk-in clinics.
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.