Free flu shots to be offered during Oct. 8 drive-thru clinic in Lawrence

Nancy Reese, center, and her husband, Jim, stopped to get their flu shots from volunteer Barbara Schnitker Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, during Lawrence's first drive-through flu shot clinic.

Nancy Reese, center, and her husband, Jim, stopped to get their flu shots from volunteer Barbara Schnitker Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, during Lawrence's first drive-through flu shot clinic. by Kevin Anderson

A drive-thru flu vaccine clinic will be offered Oct. 8 at the Kansas University Park and Ride lots at the northwest corner of Iowa Street and Clinton Parkway.

The clinic will begin at 9 a.m. and end when all 500 doses of vaccine have been given.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is organizing the clinic and it is being held to test community public health emergency response plans. Sixteen other agencies will be helping with the clinic, including the Lawrence Police Department, Heartland Community Health Center and KU Hawks for Health.

Vaccine will be provided at no charge. Residents are encouraged to wear loose sleeves that roll up easily and to fill out a vaccine consent form beforehand to expedite the process. Forms are available at the health department’s website at www.ldchealth.org.

This is the second year the health department has organized a drive-thru event. Last year's event drew 402 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine.

Driver Tena Santaularia, Lawrence, received an "I was brave" sticker after getting a flu shot Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at a drive-through clinic at the Kansas University's Park and Ride Lots.

Driver Tena Santaularia, Lawrence, received an "I was brave" sticker after getting a flu shot Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at a drive-through clinic at the Kansas University's Park and Ride Lots. by Kevin Anderson

Tagged: Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, flu vaccine

Comments

Healthy1 2 years, 7 months ago

There is no reason why anyone should get the flu shot. Like it was already mentioned the likelihood of getting immunized for this season’s specific flu virus are pretty small. And even if you are to get infected by one of the 3 strains they “chose” for this season’s flu vaccine- this virus would have mutated by the time you get infected, thus negating any effect from the flu vaccine.

According to the CDC site over 85% of fatalities happen in the >65 age category. From these fatalities most of them get influenza and/or pneumonia at the hospital. Thus, even of the flu vaccine worked (it has been proven that it doesn’t), you are only at risk of dying from it if you are very elderly and in a hospital (which means that your health is already compromised).

These are some good informational links that everyone should consider before injecting thimerosal (form of mercury), formaldehyde (known carcinogen) etc. Just read the flu vaccine insert. Vitamin D is a much safer way to avoid the flu this season.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaGQQe... http://drtenpenny.com/the_truth_about_the_flu_Shot.aspx http://www.naturalnews.com/flu_vaccine.html http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/08/more-proof-flu-shots-dont-work.aspx

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Truami 2 years, 7 months ago

There are alternatives to the flu shot. Here is a good post by a naturopathic doctor. I recommend the natural path rather than the flu shot path. The reason I recommend this path is you create a healthy internal environment (by preventing the flu virus with nutrition rather than getting a shot).

http://blog.drgina.com/2008/12/02/is-the-flu-shot-necessary-should-it-be-required/

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tallone 2 years, 7 months ago

Are these shots truly free to anyone? The form that it links you to talks about fees if you have insurance.

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tallone 2 years, 7 months ago

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Wakeuptoday 2 years, 7 months ago

Serious??? Drive up flu shot??? Look at the statistics about the flu shot! They take the "most likely" viruses (3) that might cause influenza in a person and make a vaccine that might work. Next it will be "here is your Big Mac and your flu shot". What a joke!

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