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

Wakeuptoday 3 years, 2 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!

Karrey Britt 3 years, 2 months ago

Drive-thru flu vaccine clinics have been offered for years in other communities, including at KU Hospital. Last year's Lawrence event drew 402 people. For more information on the flu vaccine, visit the CDC's website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu.

notanota 3 years, 2 months ago

They're voluntary, so if you don't want one, don't get one. I'd rather they go to people who want and appreciate this important health benefit for the community.

tallone 3 years, 2 months ago

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

Charlie Bryan 3 years, 2 months ago

Rather than creating a separate form for the Oct. 8 drive-through flu clinic, the health department is using the standard flu consent form used for any health department flu shot this season. There is no charge, though, for the Oct. 8 drive-through flu shots.

The reason for not charging during this event is that the drive-through clinic is being used to test our community's public health emergency response plans, and incentivizing public involvement will ensure a better test of our community's response capability.

tallone 3 years, 2 months ago

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Truami 3 years, 2 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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