Smith’s Food & Drug will host a community flu shot drive-thru on Saturday October 3, 2020 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the parking lot of the Las Vegas Review-Journal at 1111 W Bonanza Road in Las Vegas.
The drive-thru clinic is a great option for high risk individuals who may choose not to get their vaccine inside a Smith’s store. The event will offer the flu vaccine only. Smith’s requests that participants make an appointment and complete registration online prior to their visit at www.smithsfoodanddrug.com/flu (enter zip code 89106). “Drive-ups” without appointments are also welcome while supplies last. Many insurance companies cover the flu shot with no co-pay.
“With so many health facilities already overburdened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever for all people to get a flu shot,” said Jaime Montuoro, Smith’s Pharmacy Director. “By using drive-thru sites for the flu shots, we hope to provide more customers with a safe, convenient option to get vaccinated.”
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that during an average flu season, 8% of the U.S. population gets sick from the flu, with an average of 500,000 flu-related hospitalizations. Since March, more than 370,000 Americans have already been hospitalized as a result of COVID-19, marking the potential for a significant burden on the already taxed healthcare system. In addition, according to symptom lists published by the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO), symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu are similar, which may create the potential for confusion, anxiety, and loss of productivity as schools and businesses work through their COVID-19 plans and protocols.
“It will be very difficult for people to determine the difference between flu symptoms and COVID-19,” continued Montuoro. “That’s why it’s so important for residents of Las Vegas to get a flu shot this year. It not only has been proven to help protect against the flu, but may also help reduce misidentification as COVID-19.”