August 28, 2014

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Drive-through flu shots popular

ELYRIA — For those who love the convenience of a drive-through, the Elyria City Health Department is happy to oblige with a drive-through flu shot clinic next month at Lorain County Community College.

“Getting a flu shot is as simple as filling up your gas tank,” said Linda Moore, director of nursing for the Health Department.

Elyria flu shots
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 — Lorain County Community College, 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria. Walk-in and drive-through clinics available. n 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 — Midway Mall, Macy’s wing, West River Road, Elyria.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13 — East Park Recreation Center, 1101 Prospect St., and West Park Recreation Center, 1200 Foster Ave., Elyria.
2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 17 — St. Jude Church, 590 Poplar St., Elyria.

Vaccine costs $15 per dose. All clinics are subject to cancellation or change due to the availability of the vaccine. For more information, call the health department at (440) 323-7595.

The drive-through clinic will be held during the first of five clinics scheduled in the month of November at locations throughout the city. While the original idea was developed for people who have trouble walking or standing in long lines, Moore said it remains a popular way of receiving flu shots among city residents.

Convenience draws people in, and that’s exactly what the Health Department hopes will happen later in the month when a flu shot clinic is held for the first time at Midway Mall.

Flu season runs from October through April. It peaks between February and April. A flu shot received now will protect you through the entire flu season.

Moore said the flu shot protects against the three most common strains of influenza virus seen around the country for the year. Shots are given in the arm to older children and adults. Babies receive their shots in the fatty part of the thigh.

There will be no limit as to who can receive a flu shot. While people deemed at high risk are given priority in years with shortages, Moore said the Health Department will administer shots to anyone who wants one.

The department has at least 4,300 doses. If needed, more can be ordered, Moore said.

“Anyone who wants to protect themselves from getting the flu should get the shot,” Moore said. “That way they won’t catch it from anyone else and won’t pass it on to anyone else."

Contact Lisa Roberson at 653-6368 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.