2021 Drive Thru Flu Clinic

BUCYRUS -- When summer ends, flu season begins. Getting vaccinated against the flu is still the single best way to protect yourself and your family from getting sick from the flu.

For the second year in a row, Crawford County Public Health will offer Flublok, a recombinant, quadrivalent influenza vaccine proving to be more effective than standard, egg-based quadrivalent vaccines.

Unlike other flu vaccines, Flublok does not use the influenza virus or eggs in its production. Instead, it uses a more modern technology, used for many years to make other vaccines approved by the FDA, approved to create flu vaccine in 2013.

Flublok quadrivalent vaccine contains three times more antigens than a standard-dose quadrivalent influenza vaccine and studies have shown it can produce significantly higher immune responses. Flublok is highly purified and does not contain influenza virus, antibiotics, formaldehyde, preservatives, egg protein, latex, gluten or gelatin unlike other flu vaccines. Flublok is FDA approved for adults 18 years of age and older.

Health Commissioner Kate Siefert said, “Many people think there is only one option for a flu vaccine, but there are actually several. No matter where you go to get your flu vaccine, you should always ask what type of flu vaccine you are getting. We also want to remind people it’s important to obtain the flu vaccine even if you have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Neither will protect you from the other – the flu vaccine will not protect you from SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID vaccines will not protect you from the flu.”

Crawford County Public Health will be offering both the standard quadrivalent flu vaccine and the Flublok vaccine. Both are vaccines designed to protect against four different flu viruses anticipated by the World Health Organization: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. Having four strains in the vaccine aims to give broader protection against circulating flu viruses. Anyone age 6 months and older can receive a standard vaccine and those ages 18 years and older can choose between standard or Flublok vaccines.

Crawford County Public Health will be hosting their annual drive-thru clinic on Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 3:00-6:00pm (no appointment is needed). Siefert shares, “The drive-thru clinic is perfect for children in car seats, people with mobility issues, or even those that just want to get the flu shot over with as quickly as possible.” Only flu shots will be offered during the flu drive-thru clinic. Other vaccines are available by appointment during any of the other clinics. Drive-thru participants are asked to please wear a facial covering when they are being waited on and while receiving their shot.

There will be other clinics offered every Thursday at the Crawford County Public Health office in Bucyrus, with the 2nd & 3rd Thursday of the month offering convenient evening hours until 6:00pm. A clinic will also be held in New Washington on October 20th from 9:00-11:30am at St. John’s Lutheran Church. For one of the office clinics, be sure to call ahead to schedule a time convenient for you to ensure you will not need to wait long. No matter which clinic option you choose, please bring along your health insurance cards. Most insurances will cover the cost of the flu shot.

For more information on protecting yourself and your family from the flu and to schedule your flu shot, contact Crawford County Public Health at (419)562-5871.

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