Free flu shots offered to kids who participate in local health study

Posted at 6:13 PM, Oct 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 06:05:14-04

If you haven't gotten your child vaccinated for the flu yet this year, there is a free option out there.

Advanced Clinical Research in Meridian is currently conducting a study to determine what is the best dosage for kids 6-months of age to just under 5-years-old.

The parent, or legal guardian, must plan on being with the child throughout the process that takes about two hours.

"Flumist is not working and they [parents] shouldn't be expecting that their children are going to be able to get immunized through the Flumist this year. They need to get a vaccine," said Tracy Christianson, the site director for ACR. "So, They can come here to get vaccine on study with a FDA approved vaccine."

Children receive the flu vaccine. Plus, you're compensated for your time and travel to the clinic.

For more information, dial (208) 955-9030,

Since it takes a couple of weeks for protection to kick in, health experts advise that everyone six months or older get a flu shot as soon as possible.