Would You Like a Flu Shot With Your Order? Free Drive-Thru Flu Shots a Hit in Kansas City

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Instead of asking “do you want fries with that?”, a drive-thru in Kansas City, Kan., is offering free flu shots. For 17 years, The University of Kansas Hospital has offered free flu shots during its annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot event. Thousands of area residents have taken advantage of the free flu shots over the years, which have been administered in a specifically designed drive-thru set up in a nearby hospital parking lot.

“They don’t even have to get out of the car – as people pull up, the flu shot can be administered through the car window." - Dr. William Barkman, The University of Kansas Hospital

Instead of asking “do you want fries with that?”, a drive-thru in Kansas City, Kan., is offering free flu shots. For 17 years, The University of Kansas Hospital has offered free flu shots during its annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot event. Thousands of area residents have taken advantage of the free flu shots over the years, which have been administered in a specifically designed drive-thru set up in a nearby hospital parking lot.

“This is a quick and easy way for people to get their flu shots,” said William Barkman, MD, pulmonary and critical care specialist and chief of staff at The University of Kansas Hospital. “They don’t even have to get out of the car – as people pull up, the flu shot can be administered through the car window. It’s also free, which is great for many families that don’t have flu vaccines covered by health insurance or the money to pay for the shots out of their own pockets. This is a simple way we can help our neighbors stay healthier.”

This year’s flu shot combines the seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that almost everyone receive the flu vaccine.

“Late October to early November is the best time of year for a flu vaccination,” according to Dr. Barkman, who is also the founder of the Drive-Thru event. “Since the body’s immune system takes time to respond to the vaccine, it should be given one to two weeks before the flu season begins in order to stimulate enough antibodies to prevent infection.”

Although the flu shots are free, the hospital will also accept donations and non-perishable food items for Harvesters, the Community Food Network, at the Drive-Thru event. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 and will likely result in providing the 50,000 meal for Harvesters since 2006. More information is available at http://www.kumed.com/flu.

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