MERIDIAN, Idaho — Get Immunized, Idaho hosted their first drive-thru flu shot clinic Saturday, with Governor Brad Little and his wife participating.
The clinic aims to make it easier for people to get their flu shot, as all you have to do is drive up, stick out your arm, and you're good to go. Get Immunized, Idaho is a team of parents, community members and experts whose mission is to create a healthy Idaho through immunizations.
A partnership between Saint Alphonsus, the Idaho Immunization Program, Albertson's, College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University, and many other organizations made the drive-thru clinic a reality. Though this was the first clinic, they hope to host more in the future.
The vaccine can't guarantee you won't contract the flu, but it does decrease your chances. Heather Gagliano from the Idaho Immunization Coalition noted, "It is so important to go and get your flu shot, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to make sure that everybody is as healthy as possible, and we are not straining our health care system."
"We are in the middle of a pandemic, and staying as healthy as possible is more important than ever. The flu is the deadliest vaccine-preventable illness in the U.S., and everyone is at risk," said Karen Sharpnack, Executive Director of the Idaho Immunization Coalition. "This clinic is an easy and free way for people to protect themselves, their families, and their communities from the flu."