MERIDIAN – Get Immunized, Idaho will host a drive-thru flu shot clinic on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Idaho State University-Meridian rear parking lot at 1307 E. Central Drive in Meridian.
Flu shots will be available to anyone over six months of age. Insurers will be billed when applicable. Get Immunized, Idaho is a team of parents, community members and experts whose mission is to create a healthy Idaho through immunizations.
“We are in the middle of a pandemic and staying as healthy as possible is more important than ever. The flu is the deadliest vaccine preventable illness in the U.S., and everyone is at risk,” said Karen Sharpnack, executive director of the Idaho Immunization Coalition. “This clinic is an easy and free way for people to protect themselves, their families, and their communities from the flu. We hope to see a lot of people there.”
“We are excited to partner with the Idaho Immunization Coalition in order to provide flu shots for so many people in the Treasure Valley,” said Walter L. Fitzgerald, dean for the Idaho State College of Pharmacy. “The College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University has a long-standing tradition of supporting the communities where our campuses are located by offering flu shots, diabetes and heart disease screening, cholesterol checks and more to over 12,000 people per year.”
Fitzgerald added that student pharmacists value opportunities to practice these skills, not just to bolster their educational outcomes, but to promote the health and well-being of their fellow community members as well.
“Operations such as this drive-up clinic – that include both the experiential learning component and opportunity to improve public health – allow for students and citizens to mutually benefit,” Fitzgerald said.
The flu shot clinic is made possible thanks to a variety sponsors; Saint Alphonsus, the Idaho Immunization Program, Albertsons, Idaho State University Kasiska Division of Health Sciences, and the Idaho Immunization Coalition.