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Texas Health Cleburne Offers Drive-Thru Flu Shots
09/15/2009

CLEBURNE, Texas — 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 second annual drive-thru flu shot clinic on Saturday, Sept. 19.

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 adult 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.

“This is an easy way to get the family 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 easiest ways to protect yourself is to cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, clean your hands often, and remind children to practice healthy habits, according to the CDC.

Who doesn’t know the “Happy Birthday” song? Well, it turns out the tune isn’t just for when birthday cakes are brought out to blow out candles.

To ensure that hands are cleaned thoroughly, the CDC recommends washing hands — with soap and warm water — for 15 to 20 seconds, or about the same time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.

In addition, 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.

For more information, please call 1-877-THR-WELL.

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 care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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