Alaska Regional Hospital to offer drive-through flu shots
Alaska Regional Continues to be Innovative in Quest to Protect Alaskans from Flu
- Wednesday, September 30 & Thursday, October 1
- Tuesday, October 6 & Thursday, October 8
- Wednesday, October 21 & Thursday, October 22
The drive-through event will allow participants to receive the vaccination without leaving their vehicles. Complimentary windshield and headlight washing will also be offered.
Quantities are limited and the free shots will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The flu vaccine will be administered to those 14 years and older in vehicles at this event--we are unable to accommodate walk-up participants. Special traffic routing will be set up to minimize the impact on regular traffic in the area, and event participants are encouraged to enter Alaska Regional's campus through the DeBarr Road entrance at Alaska Regional Drive.
The influenza vaccine being distributed is quadrivalent (designed to protect against four flu viruses: two influenza A and two influenza B) and does not contain latex or thimerosal.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone get vaccinated, but the following groups are strongly encouraged to get a flu shot -- people aged 65 years and older, residents of long-term care facilities, people of any age with chronic health conditions, children between 6 months and 5 years of age, pregnant women, health-care personnel who provide direct patient care, household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age. According to the CDC, approximately 5 - 20% of the U.S. population contracts the flu each year, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications. Vaccination is still the best way for everyone to avoid contracting influenza.