Thousands Turn Out for First Day of PRMC Drive-Thru Flu Clinic
SALISBURY, Md.- Peninsula Regional Medical Center officials said 2,995 people showed up to be vaccinated on the first day of the hospital's "drive-thru" flu clinic, being held at Arthur W. Perdue (Shorebirds) Stadium in Salisbury.
"I came for my personal health. I just want to make sure that I am vaccinated so I don't catch the flu and I work in customer service so it was just a good idea that I came and got it," said Jennie Rodriguez of Salisbury.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of flu cases were down for the 2011-2012 year.
PRMC Karen Mihalik Infection Preventionist said it is vital for all to get vaccinated regardless of the numbers.
"The CDC recommends everybody 6 months of age and older to get that," she said.
According to hospital officials, vaccinations will be administered to individuals 13 years of age or older. A physician's order is not necessary. A donation of $10 per vaccination is requested (cash only; exact amount is appreciated).
Friday marks the second and final day of the flu clinic at the stadium. It will be conducted from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Flu vaccinations are encouraged for persons over the age of 65, people with heart or lung disorders, immunosuppressant diseases or diabetes.
Participants are encouraged to wear a short-sleeved shirt that will provide easy access to the upper arm.
For additional information, call (410) 543-7137 or 1-800-955-PRMC.
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