Instead of reading a magazine or standing in line for Starbucks before a flight, why not get vaccinated? Airports in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, and Newark, N.J., are offering flu shots at clinical kiosks near the gates. Airports have offered flu immunizations at clinics outside the security checkpoint for years, but few people took advantage of this service because of fear of missing their flight. These kiosks are now located gate-side and are more convenient for passengers on connecting flights. It takes less than 5 minutes to be vaccinated and between $15 and $35, depending on the clinic.
Business travelers and health officials alike welcome the convenient way to get flu shots because people often forgo getting the vaccination due to time constraints and busy schedules.
Last year, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport offered 5,000 flu shots to passengers and employees from kiosks next to gates.
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