Drive-Through Flu Shot Clinic Offers Convenience & Protection
Roll up your sleeve for a free seasonal flu vaccine
September 27, 2016, Anchorage, AK - Alaska Regional Hospital will offer drive-through flu shots for free from 6 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, Tuesday, October 4, Thursday, October 6, Tuesday, October 11, Tuesday, October 18, Wednesday, October 19, and Wednesday, October 26. The drive-through event will allow participants to receive the vaccination without leaving their vehicles. Complimentary windshield and headlight washing will also be offered while patients fill out paperwork.
Quantities are limited and the free shots will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The flu vaccine will be administered to participants 13 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 vaccine being offered is quadrivalent and designed to protect against two influenza A and two influenza B viruses. The “high dose” flu vaccine for people aged 65 and older will not be available at this event.
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 vaccination is still the best way for everyone to avoid contracting influenza.
For more information about the drive-through flu shots, please call Kjerstin Lastufka at 264-1773, or Audry Patrick at 264-1113.