This flu season is in full swing, CHI Franciscan is going beyond offering flu vaccinations to the public. The health system is also hosting a drive thru vaccination drill – offering free flu vaccinations to employees.
As part of the mass inoculation drill—which is meant to prepare emergency response teams for a public health emergency— CHI Franciscan’s flu shot drive thru is working to build healthier communities by starting with its own staff.
As the associate medical director for emergency services at St. Joseph Medical Center, Dr. Schlicher often sees patients who have fallen ill to vaccination-preventable disease particularly during the fall/winter months.
Protect yourself and your family this cold and flu season by making sure you get your flu shot. We make it easy by offering flu shots at most of our primary care, women’s care and urgent care locations (most urgent care locations can only provide flu shots for patients 19 years of age or older). Whether you walk in or schedule an appointment, getting vaccinated can reduce the chance of fever, sore throat, muscle aches and other flu symptoms. And if you do contract the flu, your shot may help reduce the severity of the illness.
With the exception of Bonney Lake and Gravelly Lake (offering flu shots to patients six months and older), all other urgent care clinic locations can only offer flu shots for patients who are 19 years of age or older. www.chifranciscan.org/flu-center