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Happening Today: Henderson County drive-thru flu shot event

Henderson County flu shot clinic
FILE - Henderson County drive-thru flu shot clinic. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

The Henderson County Department of Public Health is hosting a drive-thru flu shot clinic Wednesday.

The Health Department says it’s more important than ever to get vaccinated against the flu this season with both COVID-19 and influenza circulating this fall and winter.

CONSUMER REPORTS: DON'T SKIP THE FLU SHOT BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC

“The United States is beginning to see the first individuals co-infected with COVID-19 and influenza,” said Director of Nursing Crystal O’Dell. “This is leading to concern that we could see a ‘twindemic’ of influenza and COVID 19. Therefore, we are encouraging individuals to receive their flu vaccine this year to decrease the overall disease burden and allow for timely and effective treatment of those who are ill.”

Wednesday’s drive-thru clinic will be open to the public from 3-6 p.m. in the parking lot located at 1300 Seventh Avenue E., Hendersonville, 28792. The lot, which is the former Four Seasons Cinemas site, is located between Seventh Avenue and Hwy. 64 near Lowe’s Home Improvement.

Insurance companies in-network with the Health Department are listed at www.HendersonCountyFlu.org. The vaccine at this event is available at no cost for those who are uninsured.

Only the flu injection (shot) will be offered. COVID-19 testing will not be provided at this clinic. The event will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

FLU OR NOT? WHEN IT'S TIME TO SEE THE DOCTOR

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year. This clinic is open to students, their families and the general public. Those who are immunocompromised or over the age of 65 may call the Health Department to schedule a vaccine appointment.

In North Carolina, flu infections are most common from late fall to early spring with activity usually peaking in January or February. Flu vaccines can make illness milder and reduce the risk of more serious outcomes. It’s important to protect those in the community at high risk of complicated or severe flu infections such as children, pregnant women, seniors and those with medical conditions such as asthma, COPD and diabetes.

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