SIOUX CITY, Iowa – As temperatures drop the chances of getting the flu start to go up. Flu shots protect many people, but what about those left to fend for themselves ?
Siouxland District Health and the “Street Medicine” project coming together Thursday night offering flu shots to those experiencing homelessness.
Iowa ranks among the states with the lowest number of people facing homelessness but for those living on the street, coming down with the flu can quickly become a matter of life or death.
The C-D-C estimates 12,000 to 56,000 people may die from the flu each year.
“You know it’s something we take for granted a lot, having that place to go when your sick to nurture yourself. And you imagine not having that and then having the added stress of being sick with the flu, I think it’s really good what we’re doing here,” says Heidi Nelson.
“It just gives us a little peace of mind, we understand the situation,” added soup kitchen volunteer Robert Bailey.
A similar clinic last week provided nearly 2 dozen immunizations. Among other things symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, sore throat, runny nose and body aches.
Getting a yearly flu vaccine is especially important for children younger than 5, adults over 65, pregnant women and people with other unrelated medical conditions.
Source : https://www.siouxlandproud.com/news/local-news/flu-shots-provided-to-homeless-siouxlanders/1518151029