Doctors Push for Flu Vaccines

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG)- The last flu season was the deadliest in 40 years with 80,000 deaths attributed to influenza nationwide. So health experts pushing even harder this fall to get everyone six months and older vaccinated.

A flu shot clinic at Kirkwood Community College on Tuesday.

One flu shot clinic at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids did see a morning rush on Tuesday with at least 100 people getting shots in the first hour.

But it’s difficult to attribute the higher number of participants this year to a push for vaccinations.

That’s because last year there was a small charge for the shots.

This year, Kirkwood students could get vaccinated for free.

Still, Melany Pleggenkuhle, a Kirkwood nursing student who worked the flu clinic this year and last, says she saw the difference.

“We actually had a line of about 30 people this morning when we started so you can tell the difference,” she said.

The Centers for Disease Control noted that 180 of the influenza deaths last year involved children.