CHI Health St. Francis hosts drive-thru flu shot clinic

Published: Oct. 10, 2020 at 5:29 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Healthcare providers at CHI Health St. Francis are making sure people get their flu shots during the pandemic. On Saturday, the hospital’s Family Medicine Center held their first ever drive-thru flu shot clinic for Grand Island residents.

Family medicine staff stood out in front of their office at 908 North Howard Avenue offering flu shots from 9 a.m. to noon. People could either call ahead to make an appointment or show up to receive the service. The flu shots weren’t free but people could use their insurance. Nurses explained the shot is a simulation to the real thing.

“Flu shot is a dead virus, and it goes into your body and your body takes it on like a punching bag, so it gets ready for the real thing when it comes a long," Family Medicine Nurse Stephanie Williams said. "A person can get a little bit achy from getting a flu shot, but it’s really not giving you influenza, it’s giving you a training session for influenza.”

Williams also said the shot not only helps fight the flu but it can also help with the Coronavirus.

“The flu shot is very good for prevention of influenza, and it keeps your body and your immune system strong," Williams said. "So it kind of goes in with diet and exercise, good rest, anything that you can do to keep your body healthy is going to be beneficial to keep you from getting the COVID as well.”

CHI Health held another drive-thru flu shot clinic in Kearney on Saturday as well. This was a one-time event, but they’re happy to have been able to offer convenient healthcare. Williams never thought they’d ever administer flu shots in a drive-thru, but said anything they can do to keep people healthy is top priority.

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