To support the health and well-being of our communities against the flu and COVID-19, Carle Health again sponsored several drive-thru flu shot clinics in Champaign-Urbana, Mattoon and Danville over various weekends in october. These annual clinics provide easy access to flu protection for vulnerable patients, including elderly and immunocompromised patients.

Because these are weekend clinics and there is no need to book an appointment in advance, the drive-thru method allows patients to drive to a clinic, vaccinate against the flu and leave without ever having to leave their vehicle. This way, a large portion of the population can get the flu shot before the flu virus spreads in the community.

“A heartfelt thank you to the members of the Carle team who have participated in these clinics which are helping to stop the spread of influenza and COVID-19 and who continue to provide the services that keep our communities healthy,” says Ryan Clutts , EMT-1, Emergency Management Training and Resource Coordinator.

Knowing that these clinics have a positive impact on their communities is what motivates our team members to continue to run these clinics each year. “It’s about prevention,” said Katie Tuggle, RN. “We are all very happy to be able to serve the community like this.”

“These clinics are important, especially for the elderly and immunocompromised members of the community,” says Josie Persons, BSN, RN. “It’s easier for them because they don’t have to leave their car. And we have a great time doing it! As these clinics take place in the communities served by Carle, we are also listening to community feedback and looking for ways to improve service, such as moving from walk-in appointments to the drive-thru method. .

“It’s good for older members of the community with walkers or wheelchairs because in the past they had to walk indoors to get a flu shot, so they really love the ride,” explains Denise Long, patient care manager at Danville. “Plus, they can always get a flu shot if the weather is bad. The staff enjoy doing that – helping and interacting with our patients. »

Ensuring the safety of the Carle team members who work in these clinics and care for patients on a daily basis is also a crucial part of preventing the spread of influenza. Flu clinics have also been held at various locations in Carle to give staff members the opportunity to get their flu shots to protect them as they continue to care for the community this fall and winter.

Thanks to members of the Carle Drive-Thru Clinic team, Carle Health was able to provide community members 3,987 flu shots in the three locations before the flu season peaked.

These clinics also provided 1,187 COVID-19 booster shots to community members. In-house clinics provided 254 additional flu shots and 127 COVID-19 boosters to Carle employees.

If you were unable to visit one of the drive-in clinics or Carle’s locations, community members can still receive their annual flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine or a booster at their local pharmacy. Many of these pharmacies offer both walk-in and booked appointments. It is also important to maintain safe practices to prevent the spread of germs. This includes washing hands with soap and water, avoiding close contact with people who are already sick, and cleaning affected surfaces like keyboards or doorknobs.

Carle will continue to support the health and well-being of our communities by providing impactful services that patients need.

For more information about the services provided by Carle Health, visit carle.org/services.

*Featuring: Katie Tuggle, RN; Maria Perez, RN; Josie Persons, BSN, RN; and Denise Long, Patient Care Manager, Carle Danville on Vermilion.


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