Thursday, September 7, 2017

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.  – Most drive-throughs leave you with a grease-stained bag filled with unhealthy food – and regret. This fall, however, you and your family will have the opportunity to experience a drive-through you can feel good about.

Summit Health in September and October will offer three drive-through flu-shot clinics aimed at keeping you and your family healthy during flu season.

On the specified clinic dates and while supplies last, adults and children ages 6 months and older will be able to ride into the parking lots of designated clinic sites for the most convenient way to get a flu shot this year.

Drive-through flu-shot clinics will be held 8 a.m. to noon:

  • Saturday, Sept. 23
    Shippensburg Medical Campus
    46 Walnut Bottom Road, Shippensburg
  • Saturday, Sept. 30
    Waynesboro Medical Office Building
    601 E. Main St., Waynesboro
  • Saturday, Oct. 14
    Summit Health Center
    12 St. Paul Drive, Chambersburg

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

Last year, Summit Health held its first drive-through flu-shot clinic at Waynesboro Medical Office Building.

“The first clinic was born from the desire to make good health accessible to community members,” said Jennifer Smith, assistant director for Summit Primary Care & Walk-in. “After the event, we evaluated its success and the opportunity to grow it into something that would benefit the entire Franklin and Cumberland county communities.”

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 in some instances, death. The CDC estimated that during the 2015-2016 flu season, the flu vaccination helped prevent an estimated 5 million illnesses; 2.5 million medical visits; and 71,000 hospitalizations.

Those who plan to get a flu shot should 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.

 

 

Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.

As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, urgent care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.

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