HaysMed’s annual drive-thru flu shot clinic has been scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 1. The event, which will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will offer free flu shots for all residents older than 6 months.
It will be the 18th year the hospital has offered the community service, and approximately 3,500 people are expected to be vaccinated during the free clinic.
Adults wanting to receive a free flu shot can get one without having to leave their vehicles. HaysMed volunteers will direct traffic during the event, and the maximum wait time is estimated at 15 minutes.
Children older than 6 months will be vaccinated inside the gym at the Center for Health Improvement (CHI). Adults attending with children also can receive their shots inside the waiting area of Hays Orthopedic Institute, located inside the CHI building.
More than 100 volunteers will be on hand to help with the event. HaysMed partners with Fort Hays State University and North Central Kansas Vo-Tech as both facilities provide students to help with the shots.
There will be no nasal flu vaccine at the drive-thru flu shot clinic due to uncertainties regarding its effectiveness. There will be no egg free vaccines available at the drive-thru flu shot clinic. People with a severe egg allergy will need to contact their local healthcare provider for their flu vaccine.
The event is sponsored by the Hays Medical Center Foundation. While there is no cost for flu shots, participants are asked to bring a canned food item to benefit the Community Assistance Center.
The vaccine also is available at HaysMed clinics for patients who are unable to attend the drive-thru flu shot event. Charges will apply at regular clinic visits, though the vaccine is covered by most health insurance plans.