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Annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic Returns to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne on Sept. 17
08/23/2011

CLEBURNE, Texas — As the temperatures start to cool ever so slightly and children start selecting Halloween costumes, it also becomes time for everyone’s favorite fall activity — the annual flu shot.

Every year, up to 20 percent of U.S. residents get sick from the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 200,000 people a year are hospitalized for the flu, including 20,000 children, and about 36,000 people die each year, the CDC said.

To help people protect against the flu, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne will host its fourth annual drive-thru flu shot clinic on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The clinic is designed so individuals don’t even have to leave their vehicles to get the flu shot. The shot costs $20 per person for adults over the age of 18. Only cash will be accepted. The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s back parking lot.

Flu vaccines for children are available through local pediatricians' offices.

“This is an easy way to get vaccinated while out running errands on a Saturday morning,” said Ronda Dillard, R.N., employee and occupational health nurse at Texas Health Cleburne. “Getting the flu shot is crucial to staying well along with practicing good hand hygiene techniques.”

The CDC offers these tips to reduce your risk of catching the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Clean your hands
  • Practice other good health habits, such as getting plenty of sleep, exercising, managing stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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