Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Parsons, is offering a three-day drive-thru flu shot clinic in the parking lot at 1509 Main St. now through Saturday. There is no out-of-pocket cost for participants.

Times for the clinic are: 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday (today); 7 a.m. to noon Friday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Participants are asked to wear a face mask to protect CHC/SEK staff. And to help keep the vaccination line moving, please wear clothing where your shoulder is easily exposed.

Getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu but also to conserve potentially scarce health care resources. This is standard-dose inactivated flu vaccine, CHC/SEK does not have high-dose available at this time.

The drive through flu clinic is recommended for everyone 2 years of age and older, with rare exceptions, because it is an effective way to decrease flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths.

By getting a flu shot now, you will protect yourself and your family and friends.

At CHC/SEK, there is no out-of-pocket cost for receiving a flu shot. For those with health insurance, their insurance will be billed for the service; however, no money will be collected from participants regardless of their insurance status.

Getting an annual flu shot, and good health habits like washing your hands, can help stop germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Covering the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing may prevent those around you from getting sick. Make it a habit to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces in your home, school or office. Flu vaccines and good hand hygiene are still the go-to recommendations for prevention; however, public health officials say it's just as important to contain the virus, which means staying home when you're sick.

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