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McCarran helps travelers stay flu-free

LAS VEGAS — The flu season is now in full swing and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it's not going to be a pretty one, especially in Nevada.

The state is now near "widespread flu status," meaning if you don't take precautions, especially during the busy holiday travel season, there's a chance you will get sick. 

And that's where McCarran International Airport comes in.

One of the busiest airports in the country is getting into the prevention game with a medical clinic that expanded its services over the summer to include not only a doctor visit, but also get a flu vaccine.

"It's a great service that we're able to provide and we are happy to help," said pharmacy technician Wendy Franco. 

Rebecca Edgeworth with Volunteers in Medicine says even with the CDC previously reporting this year's flu shot isn't as effective in hitting every flu strain, it's still a good idea to get one — especially if you will be traveling in confined spaces.

"People on a plane sitting very, very close to each other coughing, spreading — it happens a lot."

The pharmacy and medical center are open 7 days a week and no appointments are necessary. Learn more about the clinic and pharmacy on its website.