Need a flu shot?
Then, you won’t want to miss Lawrence’s first drive-through clinic on Saturday.
You just drive up, turn in a vaccine consent form, and roll up your sleeve. The best part: It’s free.
The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Kansas University’s Park and Ride Lot at the northwest corner of Clinton Parkway and Iowa Street. Participants should enter from Clinton Parkway.
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages participants to wear loose sleeves that roll up easily and to fill out a vaccine consent form beforehand to expedite the process. Forms are available on the department’s website at www.ldchealth.org. They also can be picked up at the clinic, which is on the first floor of the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine, and at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
The clinic will be held rain or shine and will serve as a public health emergency training exercise for health department staff, the Douglas County Medical Reserve Corps, and community volunteers.
Lisa Horn, health department spokeswoman, said they will not give vaccine in nasal spray form.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine.
“Getting a flu vaccine not only protects you from being ill, but it also protects people who may not be able to receive the vaccine or who have a weakened immune system,” Horn said. “It’s especially important if you have a young child or an infant in your household.”
The health department also will be collecting nonperishable food items for Just Food, the Douglas County food bank that serves low-income residents and supplies other local pantries.