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10/2/07

Drive Thru Flu Clinic Provides Convenience for the High Risk

Flu shots are now available on the South Plains as we're now just one month away from flu season.

Hundreds took a quick break in the Lubbock Health Department parking lot Tuesday afternoon to take advantage of the Health Department's drive thru flu clinic for high risk adults.

And just like a drive thru should be, the service was fast, convenient and friendly.

"We've done it in the past, but we've not been able to in last two to three years because the weather's always been bad," says Beckie Brawley, with the Lubbock Health Department.

While flu season typically begins in mid November, there's no way to predict how bad the virus could be. It's a reason experts say early protection is key especially for those who are considered to be high risk.

"We did not have a lot of flu last flu season so maybe this will be another mild season," says Brawley.

Only 500 vaccines were available at Tuesday's drive thru but the experts say no worries, there's still plenty to go around.

"Vaccine wise CDC says there's a 132 million doses of flu vaccine this year," says Brawley.

But unfortunately you'll actually have to put your car in park and walk into the Health Department unlike these lucky few.

"I just pulled in on Avenue J and came down here and drove right through," says one man who received a flu shot.

"It's about as convenient as can be as far as we're concerned," says an elderly man who received a flu shot.

Those considered high-risk are anyone over the age of 50. Those with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, lung, heart disease or any immunodeficiency. Health care professionals and parents of young children are considered high risk and so is anyone who lives with or cares for someone in this high risk group.

Starting Wednesday, flu shots will be available for anyone. Just stop by the Lubbock Health Department any Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 8:30am until noon. Shots are $15 per person. 

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