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Barnstable County to Host Drive-Thru Flu Shot Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Barnstable County – August 20, 2020 – Barnstable County residents can get a flu shot without leaving their cars at the Barnstable County complex on September 26 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and no appointment is needed.

Efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have led to decreased use of routine preventive medical services, including immunization services. Making it easy for residents to receive regular vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic is vital for protecting our region from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks, including flu, and preventing our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed.

The drive-thru flu clinic is provided to all residents in Barnstable County by the Barnstable County Public Health Nurse Division of the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment.

Barnstable County Public Health Nurse Deirdre Arvidson said, “Our goal is to help boost uptake of flu vaccinations among our residents who may be reluctant to attend clinics during the pandemic and avoid social distancing challenges.” Arvidson added, “With Governor Baker’s announcement today that all students in Massachusetts will be required to get the flu vaccine before the end of the year, we hope that this will make it easy for families to get it done.”

The Public Health Nurse Division wants residents to know that prior infection with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 or flu does not protect someone from future flu infections. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.

Barnstable County to Host Drive-Thru Flu Shot Event

When: September 26, 2020 | 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: Barnstable County Complex in Barnstable Village. Enter the complex at the side driveway from Railroad Avenue. Signs will be posted for the drive-thru flu clinic directing you to the parking lot in front of the old jailhouse. A volunteer will direct you to a lane.

Instructions before arrival:

  • To receive your flu vaccination, you will need to bring a completed consent form for each person being vaccinated.  Consent forms will be available to download and print at https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/programs-and-services/public-health-nurse
  • Bring your insurance card for billing; there is no co-pay. Children 18 and under are free (state vaccine), and adults with no insurance are also free (state vaccine).
  • Those who are getting the vaccine should remember to wear short sleeves or clothing with easy access to the upper arm.
  • Kindly leave pets at home.

Vaccines Available:

  • Offering Quadrivalent influenza vaccine (designed to protect against four different influenza viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses)
  • Immunizing ages six months +
  • High dose flu vaccine available for ages 65+
  • State vaccine is available for the uninsured.

About the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment
Established under a Special Act of the Legislature in 1926, the Barnstable County Department of Health & Environment (BCDHE) provides regional public health and environmental health services throughout the 15 towns comprising Barnstable County. The Department manages several environmental, public health, and homeland security grants funded through state and federal resources. The Department’s primary mission is to protect public health and the environment and promote the physical and mental health and well-being of Barnstable County residents.