Kroger Co., Neighborhood Service Organization and Detroit Health Department partner to expand Detroiters’ access to flu shots with drive-thru clinics
- Two drive-thru clinics to open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 13 and 15
- Residents to receive free/no-cost vaccinations while remaining in their vehicles
- Walk-up vaccination available to those without vehicles
- Social distancing protocols followed
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 8% of the population gets sick from flu each season, with an average of 500,000 flu-related hospitalizations. The Kroger Co., Neighborhood Service Organization and Detroit Health Department have partnered this flu season to protect residents and children ages 7 and older with two community drive-thru vaccination clinics. Free and no-cost vaccinations for both the uninsured and underinsured will be available. The drive-thru clinics will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, and Thursday, Oct. 15, in the parking lot behind NSO headquarters at 882 Oakman Blvd. in Detroit.
“Detroiters have successfully managed the spread of COVID-19 in our City and I am confident they will continue to prioritize their health by getting a flu shot, especially as we continue to deal with the pandemic,” said Denise Fair, chief public health officer, Detroit Health Department. “Our data already shows we are on track to surpass last year’s number of residents getting a flu shot, and the drive thru clinics will make it easier for more Detroiter’s to protect themselves from this potentially serious respiratory infection.”
Flu shots will be administered at the drive-thru clinics safely and quickly by a Kroger Health pharmacist or student pharmacist. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Residents can remain in their vehicles while receiving their vaccine; anyone without a vehicle will also be accommodated. Masks or protective face coverings must be worn to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“In alignment with our mission to create access to holistic care in neighborhoods we serve, we are excited to team up with Kroger and the City of Detroit on this effort to provide flu vaccinations for vulnerable populations,” said Linda Little, president and CEO, NSO.
“This year, more than ever, getting the flu shot is vital to protect your health, your loved ones and your community,” said Dr. Avani Sheth, chief medical officer, NSO. “With both the coronavirus pandemic and flu, we risk facing more serious illness and overwhelmed hospitals. We are excited to partner on this effort to bring the flu shot safely to the community.”
According to the CDC, the flu and COVID-19 can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms to severe. Both are contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses.
“We are thrilled to partner with NSO and the City of Detroit to help keep our communities safe,” said Ban George, Health and Wellness Director for the Kroger Co of Michigan. "At Kroger Health, we are committed to helping our communities live healthier lives, and events like this accomplish just that. With COVID-19 and Flu having similar symptoms, it is crucial for everyone to get a Flu Shot this year and we are here to help."
Most people who get the flu will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but others may develop complications including:
- Respiratory failure
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome (i.e., fluid in lungs)
- Cardiac injury (e.g., heart attacks and stroke)
- Multiple-organ failure (e.g., respiratory failure, kidney failure, shock)
- Worsening of chronic medical conditions (involving the lungs, heart, nervous system or diabetes)
- Inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues
- Secondary bacterial infections (i.e., infections that occur in people who have already been infected with the flu or COVID-19)
Appointments for the drive-thru clinics are recommended, but not required. Appointments can be booked online, and residents should plan to arrive at their scheduled time to join the line of cars at NSO. Residents may also complete their pre-visit paperwork online to reduce contact and promote physical distancing. Many insurance companies cover the flu shot with no co-pay.
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Katrina McCree, MA | Neighborhood Service Organization
Rachel Hurst | Kroger
Vickie Winn | Detroit Health Department