Adults will be able to get their immunization without leaving their car at this year's FHN Flu Shot Clinics.<\ br>
Due to precautions helping to stop the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, FHN officials have made the decision to offer only drive-through flu shot clinics this year.
"We hope that because of the increased awareness of health precautions this year due to COVID, people will make getting their flu shot a priority," said FHN Infection Preventionist Margie Kochsmier, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CIC. "You don't ever want to get the flu, but this year, people are really working hard to stay healthy, and a flu shot is an important tool to help accomplish that."
At the drive-through clinics, adults under 65 years of age will get a quadrivalent vaccine that protects against four strains of influenza for $30. Persons over 65 will receive a high-dose version of the four-strain vaccine ($65).
Children cannot receive their flu shot at any of the drive-through clinics, but FHN provider offices will have appropriate dosages for pediatric patients as well as for adults. Immunizations at the drive-through flu shot clinics may be paid for by cash, credit card, or check payable to FHN. Receipts will be available to submit to individuals' healthcare insurance provider for reimbursement.
There will be no out-of-pocket expense if you are covered by Medicare Part B (please present Medicare card) or a Medicare HMO accepted by FHN (list available at each location - covered persons MUST present the Medicare HMO card instead of the Medicare card for the billing process). Please note that these prices are only available at these flu shot clinics; other rates may apply in FHN offices. Per government regulations, no Medicaid cards can be accepted at these locations. Because of federal guidelines to prevent identity theft, everyone must present a photo ID to receive an immunization.
All persons in vehicles attending a drive-thru clinic must arrive wearing a face covering; those receiving a shot will be given a 2-ply reusable fabric FHN mask after their shot for future use.
Masks must be worn throughout the drive-through process, and people are asked to wear a shirt or top that makes their upper arm easily accessible. Every person immunized at these clinics will be given a free fabric mask. Persons with allergy to eggs or the flu vaccine, those with an illness accompanied by a fever or depressed immune system should not receive the flu immunization at these locations. For more information, call FHN Community Services at 815-599-7437.
*Centers for Disease Control and and Prevention figures for the 2018-2019 flu season