The Warrick County Health Department will be giving flu shots this weekend.

Several nurses with the health department will be out in Newburgh at the Apple Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the drive-thru clinic, while one nurse is stationed at the Boonville courthouse from 10 a.m. to noon that same day for a walk in clinic.

Sharon James, public health nurse with the WCHD, said the clinics are for those 18 and over, but that anyone wanting to vaccinate their child can call their office to make an appointment at 812-897-6105.

James said the shots cost $25 unless they are $65 and older and have a medicare card. The vaccination also takes two weeks to take affect.

James said the health department has been offering these shots every fall, longer than the twenty years she has worked there. But she said the drive-thru in Newburgh has been going on for about ten years.

"We started doing it to try and to get as many people done in the shortest amount of time we could," she said. "Because we use to spend a lot of time driving around the county offering flu shots to different agencies and businesses."

James said having the clinics is also a great way to prepare for a health emergency.

"In the event that there was some kind of disease, we would need to be able to give that vaccine or medication to a large number of people in a short period of time," she said. "We decided this was a good way to practice."

James said at the drive-thru, people pull up to the first station in their car to fill out their paperwork and pay their fee.

"Then they will drive forward a little ways and they will get their shot while they are in the car, drive just a few feet ahead and answer a few questions for a satisfaction survey," she said. "We do this to have time to make sure they are good to go and not fainty."

According to the CDC, side-effects of a flu vaccine include, soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, aches and a low grade fever.

James said that everyone six months or older should get their flu shot, especially since there are a lot of deaths associated with the flu every year.

"There are people that die every year from complications from the flu," she said. "Especially the very young and very old, so those are the ones we want to target."

James said the age group in between the very young or very old are most likely to be potential carriers.

"If mom gets the flu or dad gets the flu and they are trying to get better at home, they make young kids susceptible," she said. "Or if mom and dad is taking care of grandma and if they get the flu, then grandma gets the flu."

James said the WCHD usually sees the most amount of flu activity from mid-December to early March.

"But that doesn't mean you shouldn't get your flu shot," she said. "It's never to early or to late to get your flu shot."

Marisa Patwa is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in journalism and minor in political science.

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