Health officials get a jump on flu season with free clinic

EUGENE, Ore. -- With the flu season is fast approaching, local health organizers are hoping to get people prepared ahead of schedule this year.

Lane County Public Health worked with Trillium Community Health to get the ball rolling with a free vaccination clinic.

"It's a great team effort... I really praise them for putting up the expenses of the vaccine," said Lane County Commissioner Pat Farr.

A line for the 500 free flu shots started forming at around 8 a.m. Wednesday at Lane Community College's downtown campus.

Eugene resident Adriana Benting said she's grateful for the free clinic.

"I recently lost my insurance because of the new health care reform that's going on so I'm really grateful for this," said Benting.

Jason Davis with Lane Public Health said there's more to flu shots than just your health.

"It's completely, 100-percent preventable... So if we can just do a little bit on the front end to prevent all that health care cost..and the suffering and loss of work productivity - people missing work and school - then we're absolutely gonna do that," said Davis.

For those that missed the free clinic Wednesday morning but you want advice about the flu and other common fall illnesses, the University of Oregon Health Department is hosting a discussion with experts from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.