The University of Kansas Hospital's annual Drive-thru Flu Shot event will not be held this year. We encourage you to visit your primary care physician or a local pharmacy to receive a flu shot this season. Insurance co-pays or other fees may apply.
In 2012, The University of Kansas Hospital gave 3,056 free shots during our 18th Annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot event. This year, the hospital will donate flu shots to El Centro’s Healthy Family Health Fair in October.
When to get vaccinated
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you get vaccinated as soon as flu vaccine is available to ensure you’re protected when flu season begins. It takes about two weeks for the vaccination to provide protection. Although flu season generally peaks between late December and early March, it can last as late as May.
Who should get vaccinated
People who want to reduce their chances of getting the flu should get vaccinated. The CDC strongly recommends vaccinations for people in these groups:
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than 5, and especially children under 2
- People 50 and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- Healthcare workers
- Family and friends of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
- Family and caregivers of children too young to be vaccinated (younger than six months)