• Drive-In Flu Clinic

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The United States' influenza season is just around the corner, so it is again the time of year for Americans to get their shots. A convenient option is at a drive-thru flu clinic. They resemble mobile flu clinics except in the drive-through format it is the customers, not the medical staff with vaccine-containing syringes, who roll up.

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It is the perfect option for on-the-go people. There is no need to make an appointment, park their vehicle, or sit in a waiting room. At a drive-through flu clinic customers can even stay in their vehicles, according to State-Journal.

Influenza is a contagious, viral infection that can range from mild to severe. It can even result in death for people with a weak immune system.

The virus treated at drive-thru flu clinics spreads when an infected person sprays tiny droplets by coughing and sneezing. Symptoms often show up for five to seven days after contact with the influenza virus.

There are several treatments for the flu, yet prevention is better than a cure. The vaccination for the 2015-2016 influenza season consists of three different strains.

Traditionally the flu season has lasted during the winter months of December to March. A flu shot can protect people for a maximum of one year.

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all people at least 6 months old get a flu vaccine each year. High-risk people include kids under 5 years old and the elderly over 65 years old.  

Various types of shots at drive-in flu clinics are available. The intramuscular injection, the original and most common type, is provided in the upper arm.

A new type of flu shot is the intradermal method. A small amount of the antigen vaccine is given under the top layer of skin.

Influenza is the eighth top cause of death in the U.S., according to KUNM.org.

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