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Grocery store offers drive-thru flu shots at newspaper parking lot

Updated October 1, 2020 - 7:55 am

Smith’s Food and Drug will provide drive-thru flu shots in the Review-Journal parking lot near downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, according to a statement Wednesday.

The flu vaccine clinic will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the RJ parking lot, 1111 W. Bonanza Road. Smith’s is encouraging residents to make an appointment online at www.smithsfoodanddrug.com/flu with the RJ ZIP code, 89106, but those without an appointment can drive up while supplies last.

About 500,000 people are hospitalized with the flu each year, the statement said, but because COVID-19 is already inundating Las Vegas hospitals, residents can help by doing their part to avoid the flu. Nearly 6,400 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in Clark County as of Wednesday, according to data from the Southern Nevada Health District.

The statement from Smith’s warned that the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu are similar, so getting a flu shot will reduce the chances of misdiagnosis.

“With so many health facilities already overburdened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever for all Americans to get a flu shot,” Smith’s Pharmacy Director Jaime Montuoro said. “It will be very difficult for people to determine the difference between flu symptoms and COVID-19.”

Contact Sabrina Schnur at sschnur@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0278. Follow @sabrina_schnur on Twitter.

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