Shannon Clinic will host a series of drive-thru flu shot clinics from Wednesday, October 4 to Friday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day. The clinics will be held at Shannon South Campus, in the parking lot on Executive Drive between the Shannon South Surgery Center (3605 Executive Dr.) and Knickerbocker Rd.
The flu shot clinic is open to patients of all ages six months and older; families are welcome and encouraged to come together to receive the flu vaccine. No appointment is necessary. Patients are asked to bring their insurance card, as Shannon Clinic will accept and file with insurance. If not charged to insurance, cost is $35 per vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend receiving a yearly flu shot as soon as it’s available in your community. Vaccination before December ensures that protective antibodies are in place before flu activity is typically at its highest.
The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine that contains killed virus and is given with a needle, usually in the arm. Flu vaccines stimulate the body to develop antibodies that protect against influenza virus infection. The flu shot is approved for people ages 6 months or older, including healthy people as well as those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.
Flu vaccines used in the United States have been available for decades but are adjusted from year to year to protect against the most common strain of flu that year. All flu vaccines in the U.S. are “quadrivalent” vaccines, which means they protect against four different flu viruses: an influenza A(H1N1) virus, an influenza A(H3N2) virus, and two influenza B viruses.
For more information, visit www.Shannonhealth.com.