Department of Health to offer drive-thru flu vaccination clinic next week


As medical providers in the region struggle to keep up with the growing number of COVID-19 cases, the flu season is about to begin.

“More than one scientific source shared that they predicted it would be a tough flu season,” said Kate Siefert, health commissioner for Crawford County Public Health, said in a press release. “With hospitals already overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, getting the flu shot is more important than ever to give yourself the best chance of avoiding serious illness or even hospitalization from the flu. “

His department will offer a drive-thru flu clinic from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. No appointment is necessary.

“It’s still a very popular clinic and we often vaccinate over 100 people in the first hour,” Siefert said. “Our local EMA office has timed our drive-thru vaccination clinic for a few years and most participants are online and vaccinated within 5 minutes.”

Following: Record number of flu shots given during drive-through clinic

People in line will be asked to wear masks when they are around others, especially when they are expected by staff and while nurses are injecting them.

The department will offer Flublok this year

For the second year in a row, the Department of Health will offer Flublok, a recombinant, quadrivalent influenza vaccine that is found to be more effective than standard egg-based quadrivalent vaccines, according to the press release.

Unlike other flu vaccines, Flublok does not use the flu virus or eggs in its production. Instead, it uses more modern technology, which has been used for many years to make other FDA-approved vaccines.

“The Flublok quadrivalent vaccine contains three times more antigens than a standard dose quadrivalent influenza vaccine and studies have shown that it can produce significantly higher immune responses,” the statement said. “Flublok is highly purified and does not contain influenza viruses, antibiotics, formaldehyde, preservatives, egg protein, latex, gluten or gelatin unlike other influenza vaccines.”

Flublok is FDA approved for adults 18 years of age and older.

The Department of Health will also offer the standard quadrivalent influenza vaccine. The two vaccines are designed to protect against four different influenza viruses predicted by the World Health Organization – two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.

“A lot of people think there is only one option for a flu shot, but there actually are several,” Siefert said in the statement. “No matter where you go to get your flu shot, you should always ask what type of flu shot you are. Get.”

Just because you got a COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t mean people don’t need a flu shot, so she said, “We always encourage people to get it. vaccinate against influenza, as they are separate; the COVID-19 vaccine will not protect you from the flu, and the influenza vaccine will not protect you from COVID-19. “

Vaccination clinics offered weekly

Only flu shots will be offered during the drive-through flu clinic. Other vaccines are available by appointment in all the other clinics in the department.

Clinics are offered every Thursday at the Department of Health Office, 1520 Isaac Beal Road, Bucyrus, with evening hours on the second and third Thursday of the month.

Another clinic is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on October 20 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Washington.

People attending a clinic must bring a health insurance card. Most insurance will cover the cost of the flu shot.

For details, call Crawford County Public Health, 419-562-5871.

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