MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – More than 300 Macon residents are ready for flu season after getting vaccines from the seat of their car on Friday.
“This is just so much more convenient,” Joan Serda said.
Serda, a senior, drove through the line at the annual drive-thru flu clinic with some of her friends. She says it only took them 15 minutes.
“It’s the single most important preventive measure you can take to avoid getting the flu,” Nancy White, Administrator of the Macon-Bibb Co. Health Dept. said. “Not only to keep yourself well, but others too.”
The county’s health department organized and hosted the event right outside its front door. The Centers for Disease Control reports the vaccine can decrease the chance of getting sick with the flu by 50 to 60 percent.
“It can knock you out for a long time, it put me to bed for 2 weeks,” Serda said. She fell sick with the flu many years ago. Having been a patient at the drive-thru flu clinic for the past few years, Smerda is thankful for it easy access, given her older age.
“Many doctors offices you have to park your car, walk a distance, walk through the building, you have to wait,” she said.
White was happy to see so many people coming through to get their shots.
“The majority of the clients we serve on a drive-thru flu clinic like this are older patients so it really is convenient for them,” White said. “It’s maybe less intimidating than going into a medical office.”