November 4, 2004
DRIVE-THRU FLU SHOTS:
ADDITIONAL CLINIC SCHEDULED AT CHARLOTTE COLISEUM
Charlotte, NC - Based on community need and the success of the drive-thru flu shot clinics at the Charlotte Coliseum, the Mecklenburg County Health Department has scheduled an additional clinic.
• Sunday, November 14, 2004
• 9 a.m. (Gates open at 5 a.m.)
• Charlotte Coliseum
Shots will be given to the first 1,500 people through the gates. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will allow vehicles into the lot beginning at 5 a.m. Each eligible person will get a number and registration material. The flu shots will be given in the cars. People should enter the Coliseum parking lot from the main entrance off Tyvola Road, wear loose-fitting clothes that easily expose the upper arm, and be prepared to wait with food, a full-tank of gas and a jacket or blanket.
To allow people who do not drive to get the flu shot, the Health Department has partnered with the Charlotte Area Transit Authority (CATS) to provide transportation. The “Flu Express” will depart from the Charlotte Transit Center every hour beginning 7 a.m. with the last bus departing the Coliseum at 11:00 a.m. People can transfer to the Flu Express from a local bus, arrive at the Coliseum in about 30 minutes, receive their flu shot on the bus, and return to the Transit Center.
“To address concerns of public safety and minimize interruptions of traffic on Tyvola Road, police officers and Coliseum staff recommended we offer the clinics on Sunday again,” said Dr. Wynn Mabry, director of the Mecklenburg County Health Department. “These drive-thru clinics would not have been as successful without the cooperation of our partnerships with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, MEDIC, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, CATS, American Red Cross - Greater Carolinas Chapter, and the Charlotte Fire Department.”
The Centers for Disease Control has set forth strict guidelines for those eligible to receive a flu shot this season. Those at-risk groups are:
• Children aged 6-23 MONTHS
• Adults 65 and older
• Persons aged 2-64 years with underlying chronic medical conditions
• Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season
• Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
• Children aged 6 months-18 years on chronic aspirin therapy
• Health-care workers involved in direct patient care; and
• Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children aged less than 6 months.
The public is being asked to call the Mecklenburg County Health Department Flu Clinic Information Hotline at 704-336-4667 for the most up-to-date and complete information.