Once the weather gets ready to turn, you can count on Walgreens to start pushing the flu shot. However, they aren’t the only ones. Delaware, Georgia and a couple other states are now holding drive-thru flu vaccine campaigns! 1
Cue the George Orwell movie.
On Tuesday, Delaware Gov. John Carney pulled up to the local drive-thru and got his shot- something he calls an “easy” public health decision.
“Carney was one of the hundreds of Delawareans who got their flu shot Tuesday at the DHSS’s Drive-Thru Flu Clinic. The free event started at 6 a.m. in Dover and lasted until 6 p.m. It highlights federal and state concern that 2017-18 is shaping up to be a bad flu year, thanks in part to a deadly strain immigrating from Australia.”2
Delawareans ages 9 and up, drivers and pedestrians were all welcome and by noon, the state had already potentially poisoned- errr, vaccinated- 431 people.
DPH (who monitors flu season in the Southern Hemisphere since it serves as an indication as to which strains might make their way to the U.S.) is running the flu clinic as a preparedness exercise- just in case there is a large-scale health emergency due to perhaps, the Australian flu, which has killed hundreds down under.
“The 2016-17 flu season resulted in 777 hospitalizations, mostly for people over age 65. Fifteen people died from the flu, compared to the six deaths in the previous season. Fourteen of the fatalities were people over the age of 50 who had underlying conditions.”3
Just remember- there is no “flu season.” As people come indoors and congregate together, as we eat more sugar and drink less water, because we move less due to weather, and with the lack of sunlight- flu can flourish. But you don’t need a shot and you don’t have to be afraid.