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- Health Unit to Offer Free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinics on October 25 for Those With Special Needs -

Instead of serving coffee, this type of drive-thru will provide some area residents with their best shot at staying healthy this coming flu season.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is offering free ‘Drive-Thru’ Flu Shot Clinics in Port Hope and Lindsay on Saturday, October 25, 2014. These clinics can accommodate individuals with certain medical conditions or special needs who want their flu shot, but are unable to attend a regular public flu shot clinic. The drive-thru clinics were first offered by the Health Unit in 2001, and have proven very popular over the years.

Space for the Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinics is limited, so local residents are asked to make an appointment prior to October 17 at 4 pm. The drive-thru clinics are scheduled as follows:

In Port Hope on Saturday, October 25, at Lakeshore Auto Body (149 Rose Glen Road). Make an appointment for this clinic by calling the Health Unit office in Port Hope at (905) 885-9100, ext. 1330.

In Lindsay on Saturday, October 25, at Polito Ford Lincoln (Kent Street and Highway 7). To book an appointment for this clinic, call the Health Unit office in Lindsay at (705) 324-3569, ext. 2201.

“It’s very important that people with special needs receive a flu shot in order to be protected from influenza, and that’s where the drive-thru clinics can really help,” says Linda McCarey, Director of Communicable Disease Control with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Attending a drive-thru clinic can be much easier for a person and for the caregiver than going to a regular clinic, especially as they can be vaccinated in the comfort of their own vehicle.”

Vehicle drivers and caregivers can also receive their flu vaccination at the drive-thru clinics.

The drive-thru clinics are geared to individuals who: are frail with significant difficulty walking, use a wheelchair, are recovering from back or heart surgery, are recovering from a stroke or brain injury, have serious auditory/visual conditions, require a guide or companion dog, are oxygen dependent, are developmentally/mentally challenged, or have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Health Unit will start its regular public flu shot clinics in November. Many pharmacies across Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes will also be providing free flu shots this fall and winter. For more information, call your local Health Unit office or click here.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Linda McCarey, Director, Communicable Disease Control, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100.

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