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Wegmans, Erie County health department offer drive-thru flu shot clinic

Wegmans is offering community drive-thru clinics for those who want to get their flu shot and not leave the car. The first one was held Saturday.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — It's almost flu season and time to get a flu shot.

Wegmans and the Erie County Department of Health have teamed up and will be offering community drive-thru clinics for those who want to get their flu shot and not leave their car.

The first clinic was held Saturday at the Amherst Street Wegmans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"We offer a drive-up flu shots for those individuals who may not be completely comfortable coming into the store, or for those who have been homebound the last few months," said Frank Pietrantoni, the pharmacy operations manager at Wegmans.

The next clinic will be held at the Niagara Falls Boulevard Wegmans on October 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Flu clinics with Wegmans are part of our community’s proactive efforts to minimize the impact of flu on our health care system this fall and winter. Make the time this fall to get vaccinated so that you have a level of protection against this disease,” Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein said earlier this week.

“This is especially important if you are a caregiver or have people in your life who are at a higher risk for complications from the flu. Influenza can cause serious complications for people with chronic health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, older people, very young children and pregnant women.”

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not officially declared a flu vaccine shortage, 2 On Your Side heard from people that they’ve had a tough time finding one particular type of flu vaccine in Western New York.