Thanks to the partnership between the Stephens County Health Department and Chickasaw Nation, a free drive-thru flu shot clinic is coming.
Flu shots will be offered at no cost for those who participate thanks to the donation of vaccine by the Chickasaw Nation.
Shots are available for those 9 years and older from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Simmons Center in the north parking lot.
Regional Administrative Director for the Health Department Mendy Spohn hoped anyone who needed to could take advantage.
“Flu season is here and flu shots are the best way to protect yourself and those around you” she said. “We don’t care where you get it, we just want to encourage everyone to get a flu shot.”
The staff asks that if pets are in the car they are in the back seat and for people to wear clothing where the upper arm is accessible.
“Each year in the United States, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths,” Spohn said. “The flu vaccine is the best defense against getting the flu. Flu season usually starts in September or October and runs through April or May.”
Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk for serious illness from the flu including pregnant women, children younger than 5 years of age and people with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung disease and other chronic conditions. Parents and family members of babies younger than 6 months of age and people who live with or care for anyone at high risk for complications from the flu, including health care workers, should also get the vaccine.”
For more information about the flu or flu clinics, contact the Stephens County Health Department at (580) 252-0270.