128 flu shots given at health department drive-thru clinic

During the first half hour of Crawford County Public Health’s drive-thru flu shot clinic on Tuesday, about 60 shots were administered.

“We like to keep it at a good pace, so they don’t feel like they’re queuing too long,” Health Commissioner Kate Siefert said as she watched cars cross the line outside her office. department at 1520 Isaac Beal Road. .

“We started about 10 minutes early because the line had started, which we had been preparing for for years,” she said.

As the drivers walked through the door, staff members handed out clipboards with consent forms and pens. At a table outside the ward’s main entrance, others waited to photograph insurance cards, answer questions and hand out information sheets. At the north end of the parking lot, four nurses were waiting to administer the flu shots.

Crystal Marks administers a flu shot during the Crawford County Public Health drive-thru clinic on Tuesday afternoon.

Staff members from all health department offices help out at the clinic, Siefert said.

The Health Department offers three flu vaccine options: Fluzone Quadrivalent, Fluzone Quadrivalent High-Dose, and Flublok.

“They have the standard flu shot for children 6 months and older,” Siefert said of the nurses who gave the shots on Tuesday. “They have Flublok, which is approved for ages 18+ and recommended for ages 50+, and then we have the high dose, which is recommended for ages 65+. Flublok is three times the antigens and the high dose represents four times the antigens.”

In all, 128 doses were administered on Tuesday.

The health department offers vaccination clinics at its office every Thursday. On the second and third Thursdays of the month, evening hours are offered, until 6 p.m.

People should call ahead to make an appointment to make sure they won’t have to wait long, according to a health department news release. In any clinic, people must bring their health insurance card. Most insurance will cover the cost of the flu shot.

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