The Laredo Health Department wants families to stay protected this year by getting their flu shots. Today they held a flu shot drive-thru, in order to facilitate the inoculation process.
It's a day full of nurses and helpers ready to give flu shots to all that come. Calixto Seca Jr., a flu shot participant, is "very happy that the Health Department is doing this. I'm very proud of the local health department because they always go all the way out to do something very good for the community. I invite the community to come get their shot." Calixto Seca Jr. is one of many people who participated in getting his flu shots and brought his mom today to get hers at this annual drive-thru flu clinic. Ubence Seca, Calixto's mother, adds she gets her flu shot every year and it never fails on her. She says it's better to be safe and always get it so she doesn't come across any flu problems.
And for those who don't know this drive-thru clinic process is so simple it takes five minutes from the moment you pull in to the minute you get your shot. It's a simple three step process. Rebbecca Alvarez, a health educator, explains "The drive through flu shot clinic helps you against, not only just the flu shot. It includes the H1N1 this year, so there's no need to get two vaccines. With one vaccine you can get both and get protected against both strands."
For those not able to make it out there today, flu shots are still available all season long at the Laredo Health Center. Health advisers say the important thing is preventing the spead of the flu and keeping in mind a germ-free environment. Prevention should be practiced if you are not getting your flu vaccine. However if you are already sick, you can prevent the spreading of the flu by washing your hands and covering your mouth with your shirt sleeve.
Officials want people to know that flu shots will not be given to children under 3 years of age, those allergic to eggs or egg products, or those with a fever greater than 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit on the day of vaccination.