Christy Norton and her 10-year-old daughter tried to get a flu shot at their local pharmacy. However, Christy’s insurance company would not pay for it. Fortunately, she was able to get a free flu shot from the nurses at the Douglas County fairgrounds who were giving out free flu shots. The nurses set up a drive-thru for people to come in and get their shots.
The process was relatively quick and simple. All people had to do is fill out paperwork and get their flu shot. Christy’s daughter, Tristann, was not happy to get up early on a Saturday morning to get a flu shot. However, Christy is glad that they received their shot. She stated that the flu shot is important because people can die from the flu. She also stated that she would be devastated if she lost one of her children to something that could have been avoided.
Bob Dannenhoffer is a pediatrician who practices in Roseburg. He stated that getting the flu shot is the best thing that people can do in order to prevent the flu. It is even more important for people who have a preexisting health condition to get immunized.
Bob also believes that if a flu outbreak occurs, then drive-thru shots are better than going to the pharmacy and getting one. People can have the flu without showing any symptoms. They can also infect other people without knowing it.
The event took place on December 9, 2017. Fifty people showed up at the event to help. Bob stated that he is both humbled and shocked that the event had such a great turn out. He also said that there were many things that people could have been doing on a Saturday, but they decided to show up and help. Brian Mahoney is the former county health director of Clatsop. He stated that Saturday’s event was a great community-building exercise.