Dozens of people got their flu shots in Albany Thursday without ever leaving their cars. For the first time, the Dougherty County health department held a drive thru flu clinic to encourage more people to get their shots and keep the flu away.
Last season there was a flu frenzy, with fear of the swine flu infecting millions of Americans. While the pandemic didn't pan out to be as bad as feared, many more people got their flu shots. This flu season is already underway, but not as many folks are lining up for shots.
It was the easiest errand Jerlynn Watson ran today. "Oh very convenient. We live just right up the street."
She brought her elderly mother to Robert Cross Middle School for a drive thru flu shot. She rolled in, and her mom rolled up her sleeve for the shot. "It's handy. It's nice. You don't have to get dressed up and go to the doctor's office, you can just drive through and there's a lot of people here helping."
Helping to make sure you don't get sick. "We wanted to make it convenient for everyone to receive the vaccine so that we can decrease the spread of influenza in our community." said Suzette Profit\Dougherty County Health Department.
Unfortunately, turnout was low. "This year the numbers are down, we're thinking that's probably the reason because there's not as great an urgency. There was a lot unknown about the swine flu and it was something new, a new type of flu, so this year that isn't in the equation." said Vamella Lovett, Adult Health Director.
But any equation that involves any type of flu is a tough one. Watson knows, she's had it before, and doesn't want a repeat. "Bad. I thought I was going to die."
And to keep yourself from feeling the same, or from infecting others, she thinks everyone who is able, should roll in for a shot. "I'd hate to know that other people get sick because they didn't take their own shot, so I think they're exposing everybody else to what they're going to get."
Unless they roll over the threat of the flu now. The shots were $25 each. Workers with the health department will be out at Robert Cross Middle School on Lockett Station Road until seven o'clock.