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Port Arthur Health Department holds flu shot drive-through
PORT ARTHUR - by Lauren Huet
October first is Texas Influenza Awareness Day, and to celebrate, an unusual drive-through took place in Port Arthur. The Port Arthur Health Department held a flu-shot drive through. People could drive up, roll down their window, and get a flu shot.
"It is a very convenient way to get your flu shot," said Tanya Bell, a licensed vocational nurse with the Health Department's Immunization Department. "You just pull in, fill out some forms, we come to your vehicle and we give you the shot."
Robert LeBlanc received a drive-through flu shot.
"It's my first time, I know how to get it through my doctor, but since today I was driving, I said, let me go get it," said LeBlanc.
Roosevelt Petry, Jr. thought it was great and plans on coming again next year.
"I didn't even have to get out of the vehicle," said Petry. "Hey, I can stay in the vehicle, stick my arm out the window, get a shot and keep rolling."
The shot is quick, feels like a big mosquito bite, and protects against three different strains of influenza.
"It's important that the commmunity understand the importance of the flu vaccine and what it can do to help you, and not to be afraid of it," said Bell. "It cannot give you the flu. There are a lot of misconceptions about the flu vaccine. We want people to understand that it's very important and it can actually save your life."
Although it's rare, Bell says the flu can kill.
"Flu disease can be very serious in the very young, in the very old, and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, heart conditions and diabetes," said Bell.
Those who came to the drive-through today said it was worth it.
"I need it for school," said Jalisa Babino, "and then I don't want to get the flu... I don't want to be in a bed for a week."
"I'm going to have a good year this year, I won't get sick," said LeBlanc.
Although the drive-through lasted only a day, the Port Arthur Health Department will continue to offer 10 dollar flu shots throughout October. City employees receive free flu shots.
The shots are recommended for people 6 months and older.