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Drive-thru clinic offers quick flu shots in Pueblo West

It was a busy Tuesday morning for a group of nurses in Pueblo West as they administered more than 100 flu shots in a three-hour time span at the Pueblo West Emergency Hospital on 899 E Industrial Boulevard.

This now marks the ninth year in a row the Parkview Medical Center Mobile Nurses have continued to run their drive-thru flu shot clinic.

Jan Philson, a registered nurse said, “We’re a community, we’re local we are the Parkview Mobile Nurses so that’s why we like to get out in the community and offer this.”

What makes this flu shot clinic unique is the fact that you don’t even have to get out of your car to get one, making the process quick and easy.

Philson says the goal is to keep people healthy but also create a fun environment.

“People can go to Walmart, they can go to Walgreens, they can go to their doctor’s office, but this is just kind of fun and unique and it gives people the chance to stay in their car and it’s just fun to see the sunrise come up, it’s a beautiful day,” Philson said.

As for this year’s flu shot, it’s quadrivalent. This means it has two strands of both influenzas A and B. However, Philson says that even with the shot, you still need to take certain precautions to keep healthy.

“So really just keep your immune system up by getting your rest, washing your hands, eating good fruits and vegetables, adding the flu shot vaccine on there it can also help to boost your immune system. So if you do get hit with virus hopefully the symptoms won’t be as severe,” Philson said.

The flu shots cost $30 and the nurses will accept cash, checks and credit cards. Patients on Medicare Part B will not be charged for their shots. They will be giving more shots out from 4 to 6 p.m. at the same place Tuesday.

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