Heidi Bunch Trena Odom gets a shot at this year’s free flu clinic last Thursday. More than 350 vaccines were given.

Heidi Bunch
Trena Odom gets a shot at this year’s free flu clinic last Thursday. More than 350 vaccines were given.

Mineral County residents lined up for a free flu shot clinic held last Thursday at the Mineral County firehouse in Hawthorne.

The concept is easy. Fill out simple paperwork while waiting for the cars before you to move, stick your arm out the window and get shot (with the vaccine).

This year, members of SOC, Mineral County firefighters and Mineral County Search and Rescue personnel aided in the clinic. Volunteers handed out clipboards, directed traffic or gave you a shot. Each one no more important than the other. The realization that all must work together to complete the task was noted.

With the change in weather, it is best to get the flu shot early, before the virus begins to rear it’s ugly head, sometimes as soon as late October. More than 350 flu vaccines were administered to those, without charge.

The vaccine strain is composed in Switzerland and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in March. It is stated that it is “expect it to be a good match for guarding against the various virus strains that will be circulating in the Northern Hemisphere this winter” according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Residents of Mineral County have picked up on the idea of the drive-through clinic. Those who are elderly or have smaller children find that staying inside of their car is easier.

If you missed the drive-through shooting, vaccines are available at either Mt. Grant General Hospital or Safeway pharmacy.