Thursday, September 1, 2016

WAYNESBORO, Pa. – The concept of a drive-through just got a lot healthier.

The staff of the Waynesboro Medical Office Building will host a drive-through flu shot clinic from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24, in the parking lot at the front of the building, 601 E. Main St.

Flu season typically starts in October and lasts through March, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it is encouraged that people get the flu shot in September or October.

“We want to make good health accessible to community members,” said Mandy Bakner, director of operations at WMOB. “The concept of our drive-through flu shot clinic grew out of that goal.”

While supplies last, adults and children ages 6 months and older will be able to ride into the WMOB parking lot for the most convenient way to get a flu shot this year.

Influenza can cause a variety of symptoms ranging in severity and, annually, is a culprit behind missed school or work; additional doctor’s visits; hospitalizations; and sometimes, death. The CDC estimated that during the 2014-2015 flu season, the flu vaccination helped prevent an estimated 1.9 million illnesses; 966,000 medical visits; and 67,000 hospitalizations.

Bakner reminded those who plan to get a flu shot to wear appropriate clothing, such as a sleeveless top, short-sleeved shirt or other loose-fitting shirt that can easily be rolled up to expose the upper arm.

Some people may have a health condition or allergy that prevents them from being able to get flu shots. If you have questions about whether or not you can receive a flu shot, please contact your primary care physician.

Most insurance plans cover the cost of the flu shot. If you have questions about whether or not your plan will cover the shot, you are encouraged to contact your insurance’s member service helpline. Maryland Medical Assistance Program is not accepted. There will be a cost for self-pay patients.

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