The University of Kansas Hospital Offers 18th Annual Free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Program While supporting Harvesters, the Community Food Network
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The University of Kansas Hospital will offer free flu shots during its 18th annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The event will be held at the parking lot just east of the intersection of 36th and Rainbow Boulevard in Kansas City, Kan. The hospital has 5,000 doses available.
This year’s flu shot combines the seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that almost everyone receive the flu vaccine. People who should NOT receive the vaccine include those who are allergic to eggs (used to make the vaccine) and anyone who has ever suffered paralysis from Guillain-Barre syndrome. People who have a cold or fever at the time of the flu shot program should wait until they have recovered. Women who are pregnant or may be pregnant should check with their health care provider before getting the vaccination.
“Late October to early November is the best time of year for a flu vaccination,” according to William Barkman, M.D., pulmonary and critical care specialist and chief of staff at The University of Kansas Hospital. “Since the body’s immune system takes time to respond to the vaccine, it should be given one to two weeks before the flu season begins in order to stimulate enough antibodies to prevent infection.”
No appointment is necessary for the free flu shot event. Simply drive to 36th and Rainbow Blvd. and follow the signs. Those 8 years of age and older are eligible for this vaccination. Everyone under age 18 needs parental consent. A consent form may be downloaded and filled out in advance. Although the flu shots are free, the hospital will also accept donations and non-perishable food items for Harvesters, the Community Food Network, at the Drive-Thru event.