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Free flu vaccines offered at 1-day clinic

Harrison County residents who wish to get a flu vaccine may want to take advantage of a free, drive-through service next Wednesday at Corydon Central High School.
Public health nurse Jeanine Ford, RN, said the Harrison County Health Dept. and Harrison County Hospital pooled their usual supply of vaccine doses, bringing the total to 900, to make them available as an exercise of the Harrison County Emergency Response Plan.
The vaccines will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until they’re gone, Fonda said.
Persons, who must be 18 or older, are asked to wear short-sleeve or sleeveless shirts to expedite the clinic, which will be set up in the parking lot behind the school. Traffic control officers, as well as signs and cones, will direct drivers through the process.
Fonda said both the driver as well as a passenger can receive the shots after completing the required paperwork, which amounts to a small form that will need the recipient’s signature and answers to a couple of questions.
There will also be an area for persons with special needs.
Grants from the Harrison County Community Foundation and the Health Resource and Services Administration of the Indiana State Dept. of Health helped allow the hospital and the health department to offer the vaccines free this year, on this one day only.
Persons who can’t make it to the drive-through vaccination clinic next week can call the health department in a couple of weeks to see if a new supply of vaccine has come in yet. When they are available, an appointment can be scheduled. The vaccines will cost $15.
Fonda said everybody ‘ from six months to the elderly ‘ should get a flu vaccine. The only exceptions are those who have a known allergy to the vaccine.
The vaccines ‘keep the healthy healthy and the frail from getting frailer,’ she said.
Last season, the flu hit in this area in February.
Fonda said because of the vaccinations, she believes the number of people who suffer or die from the flu each year dwindles.
Flu shots can prevent persons from getting the flu or help diminish its severity. The vaccine is fully effective within two to three weeks of receiving it and provides immunity for four to six months.
Other hospitals and agencies have experience with drive-through clinics similar to the one Harrison County is planning next week as part of its emergency preparedness drill.
‘We hope we’ve thought of everything,’ Fonda said. ‘This is the first time we’ve done anything like this.
‘Everyone’s patience would be appreciated,’ she said.
Free shots for veterans
Military veterans can receive free flu vaccines and pneumonia shots on Friday, Nov. 2, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the YMCA of Harrison County in Corydon.
Veterans will need to show their V.A. ID card, DD214 or proof of military service.
For more information, contact Harrison County Veterans Service Officer Marion Wallace at 738-4249.