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Free Drive Through Adult Flu Clinic Oct. 26

October 01, 2013

WALLA WALLA, Wa __ A free drive through adult flu immunization clinic will be Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

People can be vaccinated without leaving their cars, and no appointments are necessary.

The clinic is sponsored by Providence St. Mary and the Providence Medical Group in cooperation with the Walla Walla County Health Department as part of efforts to create healthier communities.

The free immunizations are available to adults age 19 and over. No vaccine for children will be available at this clinic. To get immunizations for your children, please call your primary care physician or the Health Department.

The clinic will be held in the drive-through area beneath the Outpatient Procedure Center at Providence St. Mary on Seventh Avenue. To reach the clinic, take Fifth Avenue to Willow Street and circle around the back side of the hospital to Seventh so you can enter the south end of the drive through.

This will be the second year that Providence and the Health Department have teamed up to offer a one day free flu clinic. Last year, nurses gave 499 flu immunizations -- one shot every 3.2 minutes -- during the clinic before running out of vaccine at around 1 p.m. Cars lined up more than an hour before the clinic stated. Many people also walked to the clinic.

The clinic was held to help replace the annual community Flu Shot Round-up, which was sponsored by the Health Department for many years until funding was lost.

Flu season usually begins in October and can last through May. The CDC recommends annual immunizations for adults to protect them from the flu.

Providence St. Mary Medical Center, a 142-bed regional hospital located in Walla Walla, Wash., is the fourth largest employer in Walla Walla County. The Providence Medical Group is the largest group of primary care providers and specialists in the Walla Walla area.