Churchill County, in conjunction with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, is offering free drive-through flu shots at the fairgrounds on Dec. 8 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Seasonal flu shots are recommended for anyone over the age of 6 months including persons ages 65 and up.
“Nationally, there is limited amount of the high-dosage flu shot available, so the State of Nevada recommends providing the regular dosage to those 65 and older to ensure they obtain the flu vaccine,” explained Shannon Ernst, social services director for Churchill County.
She added that in preparation for the COVID-19 vaccine becoming available this winter, those wishing to receive that vaccine must have had the seasonal flu shot at least two weeks prior to receiving it, as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Nevada.
You may also be tested for COVID while getting your flu shot at the fairgrounds on Dec. 8. Please call (775)423-6695, option 2 and leave your name and number. Staff will return the call to get you scheduled for your COVID test.
There is no need to schedule an appointment if you are just getting the flu shot on Dec. 8.
For those interested in current statistics on the flu in our community and the State of Nevada, the Division of Public and Behavioral Health has a flu dashboard on its website. Scroll down to the chart near the bottom of the page and click the various tabs at the top of the chart to view different demographics, etc.