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Prepare for flu season, get your shot at the drive-thru

Lawton_The flu season is coming, and you can be prepared by getting a flu shot.  The Comanche County Health Department will have more flu vaccine than ever before, and they hope to administer many doses of it on Tuesday morning when they hold the annual drive-thru flu shot clinic at the Great Plains Coliseum in Lawton.

The health department is in full swing preparing for flu season, and although it was quiet on Monday, officials expect the parking lot to be packed full of eager people who want to get vaccinated.  "They'll roll down their window, put their arm out the window, the nurse will check and make sure they don't have any counter reactions to getting the shot, they'll get their shot and send them on their way," said Comanche County Health Director Keith Reed.

The quick and nearly painless shot will take about five minutes to administer, and will be the only vaccination that the health department offers on Tuesday.  "We're focusing solely on giving flu shots," said Reed.  "That's our big push tomorrow.  Not only will we be doing the drive-thru, but we'll also take care of walk-ins." 

Adults who are 18 years or older can get their flu-shot at the drive-thru clinic, and anyone with children 17 and under will have to go inside the health department.  Many of Lawton's city employees did just that on Monday.  "I talked to my doctor, and he always said go and get the flu shot," said Lawton Police Captain Will Hines.  "So, I came down here, and it's quick, easy, and pretty painless."

Doctors recommend individuals get vaccinated if they are in contact with a lot of people - this includes police officers.  The flu-shot does a lot to protect those who protect us every day.  "I come and get them every year," said Lawton Police Chief Ronnie Smith.  "I encourage other people to come and get them.  By getting as many people protected as possible, we even protect those that eventually don't get the flu shot because we're gonna stop the spread of the flu."

The Lawton Police Department asks drivers who are not getting their flu shot on Tuesday to avoid the area around the Great Plains Coliseum since there will more than likely be a lot of traffic.  The Centers for Disease Control recommends four groups who should get vaccinated yearly - children 6 mos.-18-years-old, pregnant women, people over the age of 50, and those with chronic illnesses.

 

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