By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Restaurant Week started Sunday, right in the middle of the current flu outbreak. But, an organization advocating for restaurant workers is offering free flu shots today to minimize the impact.

The Restaurant Opportunities Center, or ROC, is teaming up with Jefferson University Hospital to offer free flu shots to restaurant workers in the city. Sheila Maddali, research and policy coordinator, says it’s important to this industry because of the lack of economic security.

“This is an issue that really has a disproportionate impact on restaurant workers because, according to our research, 93 percent of restaurant workers in Philadelphia don’t have paid sick days and 95 percent don’t have health insurance. And in an industry where there’s so much contact with the public — and during Restaurant Week — we feel that it’s a public health issue.”

The free flu clinic will be held at Jefferson’s Center for Urban Health at 211 South 9th Street, Suite 313. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. For more information call 215-867-9747.

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