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From the Office of Parker County Judge Mark Riley
"DRIVE-THRU FLU CLINICS AVAILABLE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
The Parker County Hospital District and Parker County Emergency Management are teaming up in an effort to offer low cost flu vaccinations simultaneously at three separate drive-thru locations in Parker County on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Flu vaccinations will cost only $10 for adults and will be free for children from ages 9 to 18, according to Kathleen Durham, Marketing Director for the Hospital District. Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield users will need to bring their insurance cards so that they can be billed. Medicare patients will pay nothing out of pocket if they have their Medicare card. Seniors age 65 and over can choose to receive a “high dose” vaccine, as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Parker County residents will be able to find the clinics at the following locations: 400 Eagle Spirit Lane off of FM 1189 in Brock, the Springtown ISD Transportation Barn at 501 Pojo Drive and the Aledo ISD Maintenance Barn at 1000 Bailey Ranch Road, just east of the football stadium.
According to the CDC, this vaccination will protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during this season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus and an influenza B virus.
Officials with the Parker County Hospital District say the influenza vaccination is the single best way to prevent influenza and encourage those eligible to take advantage of the opportunity.
Vaccinations will be given to individuals and families, as they sit in their vehicle.
“The drive-thru clinics offer a quick and convenient way for Parker County residents to get the influenza inoculations, without having to leave the comfort of their automobile,” said Parker County Community Liaison for Emergency Preparedness, Kit Marshall.
Parker County Emergency Managements’ Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and previously recruited POD volunteers will be assisting in the county’s first community wide vaccination clinic.
“Our county volunteers will be on hand to assist the hospital district in making the clinics run as seamless as possible,” Marshall said. “This is a wonderful collaboration that provides a tremendous public outreach while utilizing a model designed for an emergency/disaster in a non-emergency situation.”
Everyone wanting a flu shot must fill out a brief consent form which includes a few medical questions. In an effort to speed up the process, residents are encouraged to print and fill out the form before hand by visiting the Parker County Hospital District’s web site at www.parkercountyhd.org under the “Event Calendar” tab and clicking on the “Consent Form for Shots” link.
For more information residents should contact the Parker County Hospital District at 817-341-2520."