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PRMC Offers Drive-Thru Flu Clinic At Stadium

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SALISBURY, Md.- A steady stream of cars lined up at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury Thursday for Peninsula Regional Medical Center's 24th annual drive-thru flu clinic.  As promised, drivers could stay in their cars, roll up their sleeves, and get a shot from a nurse waiting with a vaccine in hand.

"If you've ever had the flu, the really knock-you-down-put-you-on-the-couch-your-hair-hurts-kind of flu, you would absolutely not want to get it again," said Roger Follebout Jr., community relations director at PRMC.

Many of those lining up for vaccines agreed and said getting the vaccine was a minor inconvenience if it meant protecting their own health and the health of others.

"You don't want to get sick.  It's better to protect yourself against getting sick so if you do get sick you don't infect other people," said Jessica Blood of Salisbury.

This year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that the popular "nasal spray" flu mist vaccine did not protect as well against the disease as the traditional flu shot, so the mist isn't being offered in 2016.  Nurses are also adamant when asked whether the flu shot can make people sick.

"You cannot get the flu from the flu shot because it's not a live virus," said Karen Mihalik, a registered nurse.

According to the CDC, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last until May  The season most commonly peaks in the United States between December and March.

Based on data released last week-- more than 5 percent of the people who died during the week of Sept. 11 to 18 died due to pneumonia or the flu virus. A total of 85 pediatric deaths were reported in the 2015-2016 flu season in 33 states and Washington, D.C.

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