December 5, 2017 4:20 a.m.
The Douglas Public Health Network is hosting its first ever free drive-thru vaccination event at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
The event, to be held this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. is for county residents ages three and up and it limited to the first 2,000 people to show up. County Public Information Officer Coleen Haines says there is absolutely no cost to those receiving vaccinations, and no insurance information has to be presented. Residents can go to www.dispeneassist.net/flu.html to print a form that can be used to speed up the time in line on Saturday. Haines says some people may not have to get out of their vehicle to receive their vaccination.
The event comes at the end of National Influenza Vaccination Week. DPHN Executive Director Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer says December and January are often the peak months of the flu season. He says since no one wants to be sick during the holidays, this would be a perfect time to be vaccinated.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that last season, the flu vaccine prevented 5.1 million cases of the flu, 2.5 million flu-related medical visits and 71,000 flu-associated hospitalizations.
A number of community partners and agencies are working with the Douglas Public Health Network to make Saturday’s free drive-thru flu vaccination event a success.