Where to get flu shots

By Kenny Sui-Fung Yim

Have you noticed sick people around you, turning tissues into wontons? It’s flu season. Every year, the flu bug mutates into a different strain. To keep up, you must get new immunization to ensure you are protected.

Already, 1 percent of Bostonians have reported flu symptoms, including runny nose, cough and fever, according to Deborah Kotz at Boston.com. If it rises to 3 percent, medical professionals begin to worry. The season usually peaks around February and March.

Locations near Chinatown that offer flu shots include:

• CVS Pharmacy at 631 Washington Street

• CVS Pharmacy at 55 Summer Street

• CVS Pharmacy at 400 Tremont Street

For other locations, go to http://flushot.healthmap.org/ or the Boston Public Health Commission’s (BPHC) Flu Clinic Finder.

Shots can be given to anyone over the age of 6 months, and usually cost $30 to $35.

The BPHC has a large number of flu shot vouchers to give away, thanks to a donation by Walgreen’s. The voucher is good for a flu shot for anyone 18 and over and uninsured/underinsured individuals. For inquiries, come to the Asian American Civic Association at 87 Tyler Street, Boston, MA 02111.

Walgreen’s has also partnered with TaskRabbit to create an app for iPhone or iPad, if you need medicine delivered to your house. Get “Cold & Flu Relief Fast” lets individuals pick up or have delivered medicine to kick the cold or flu.

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