Health Department Plans Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

(BROOKLYN) – On Sunday, October 1, 2017, from 1 to 3pm, the Northeast District Department of Health (NDDH) will host a drive-thru flu clinic at Plainfield High School, 105 Putnam Road (Route 12), in Central Village. According to clinic organizers, this “drive-thru to avoid the flu” outdoor setting will provide an opportunity for people age 18 or older to get a free flu shot while they remain seated in their car. This will be the third such clinic held in northeast Connecticut by NDDH.

“Each year, there are more lessons learned that help us to improve our response plans,” explained NDDH Emergency Coordinator Derek May. “The primary reason for this exercise is to test local and regional emergency plans to dispense a lot of medication in a short amount of time. The 'drive-thru' model is one way to help reach a lot of people quickly.”

100 free flu shots are available to those participating in the exercise. There is no registration necessary, but attendees are asked to download and complete a short immunization consent form and review the vaccine information statement available at http://www.nddh.org/newsevents/.

“Getting vaccinated against the flu is one of the best things you can do to prevent the spread of illness,” said NDDH Public Health Nurse Nancy Beaudry, who will manage the vaccination teams. "And attending our drive-thru clinic is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get a flu shot...and it's free!"

The clinic will be staffed by members of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), public health volunteers affiliated with NDDH who provide medical and non-medical support roles such as vaccinators, traffic direction, setup, communication, and other support services. Anyone who would like to assist at the clinic, learn more about MRC or future volunteer opportunities should contact Derek May at NDDH by calling 860-774-7350 x. 25 or via email at dmay@nddh.org.

The drive thru clinic is made possible by public health preparedness funds.