Douglas County residents can take advantage of free flu shots Oct. 12 at a drive-through clinic, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Douglas High School.
The theme is “The Flu Ends With You,” said Dave Fogerson, deputy chief, operations, East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts.
“Not only does this allow people to obtain a flu shot to reduce the chances of getting sick, but it is also a way we can practice as emergency management to stand up to a large organization of diverse people to see if we could immunize rapidly if some sort of outbreak occurred,” Fogerson said.
“We have almost 100 volunteers from numerous agencies coming together to accomplish this task.”
This year, Fogerson said the process will be streamlined by making registration forms available before the event.
“We will have lanes designated for those with filled-out forms so they will move faster,” Fogerson said.
The one-page form asks for the participant’s vital statistics and medical history. A parent’s signature is required for those under 18.
“We expect right around 1,000 folks this year, and have varied between 800 and 1,000 in years past. We have plenty of vaccine,” he said.
Fogerson said the mist vaccine is restricted at the clinic to those under 17 years of age.
“Last year, we probably gave about 25 percent of those coming in the mist. If an adult desires the mist, they can still go to Douglas County Community Health and obtain it with their insurance, or a sliding payment scale,” Fogerson said.
“You cannot get the flu from the shot. The shot is dead virus. This year it protects against four strains of the flu. It takes about a week to take effect. The mist is live virus, but immunizes within a couple of days,” he said.
Some 22 South County residents took advantage of a flu vaccine clinic Sept. 26.
The clinic is being held in conjunction with Carson City Health and Human Services which is sponsoring a free drive-through clinic 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Carson City Corporate Yard.
Douglas County Community Health is coordinating the local clinic with several other agencies.
Forms for pre-registration are available online at www.eastforkfire.org, and at the East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts office, 1694 County Road, Minden.
For information, call (775) 887-2190.