Memorial Physician Services (MPS) will host three drive-thru flu clinics at the Illinois State Fairgrounds for its pediatric and adult patients on Oct. 3, Oct. 24 and Nov. 14.
Flu shots will be administered carside from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each day at the Commodities Pavilion (directly across from the Grandstand) on the state fairgrounds. The flu shots are available to all MPS patients, including those who visit the clinics in Lincoln, Petersburg and Jacksonville.
Patients should enter through gate 6 (off Tainter Road), follow flu clinic signage and proceed to the Commodities Pavilion. Upon arrival, patients should remain in their vehicles and proceed to one of the open drive-thru lanes.
“This year more than ever, we should all be aware of what we can do to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like influenza and COVID-19,” said Dr. Raj Govindaiah, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Memorial Health System. “This year everyone should get a flu shot, continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, socially distance and stay home if you are sick.”
Although influenza activity occurs year-round, infections increase in fall and winter – usually between October and May.
“Vaccines for COVID-19 are still under development, but you can get a flu vaccine right now,” Govindaiah said. “The simplest way to prevent the spread of influenza is to never get it in the first place, which is why I encourage everyone to get the flu vaccination now, and to continue to take steps to prevent the spread of illness.”
As additional preparation and to ensure a smooth process, patients are asked to prepare to do the following before arrival:
Wear loose-fitting clothing for easy carside access for vaccine administration. Note that vaccines are administered in the thigh for infants and small children; all other patients will receive the shot in the upper arm.
Bring a valid photo ID and most recent insurance card.
Have an ink pen in your vehicle for completion of consent form, or print and complete it prior to arrival.
For more information, patients should visit MemorialMD.com/Physicals-Preventative-Medicine/Flu-Vaccine