BALTIMORE (WJZ) — One area medical center has set out this weekend to help you be proactive this flu season. MedStar Franklin Square vaccinated more than 2,000 people in their annual drive-through.
Tim Williams explains they urge everyone to take steps against getting sick.
When it comes to getting a flu shot, it doesn’t get much simpler than this.
This seventh annual drive-through flu vaccination clinic is conducted by MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. More than 50 nurses and county emergency workers administer more than 2,500 flu shots.
It’s a tradition for patients like the Banks family.
“We brought our granddaughter last year and she… normally of course kids don’t like it and I missed mine this year and I said, `I remember they have it here’ so it’s been a blessing,” said Vickie Banks.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends anyone six months of age or older to get the flu shot to keep from getting it themselves or exposing others to it.
“I have a 17-month-old so we’ve got to make sure we all have them now,” said Bobby Marchese.
“Flu is very common. It’s spread through coughing and sneezing and droplets in respiratory secretions and it can get people pretty sick,” said Dr. Jonathan Hansen.
Hansen is the chairman of emergency medicine. He stresses the importance of the shot and this event.
“Best way to treat the flu is to not get the flu. So if you can get a flu shot now, it prevents you from getting sick and spreading it to others — other family members and loved ones –that’s really the best thing,” Hansen said.
And while shots aren’t always easy, a good carside manner helps.
“We’ll jump in if we have to. We’ve been on the floor in the back seat before; whatever it takes to get the child in the right position,” said Debbie Biewer and Debbie Heaps, Medstar nurses.
It’s worth it in the end.
“It’s better to have it than not to have it and you end up getting sick,” said Kenneth Banks.
Each year in the United States, about 36,000 deaths occur from flu-related illnesses.
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