Grass Valley, Calif. October 7, 2016 – The Nevada County Public Health Department will conduct a free drive-thru flu shot clinic in Grass Valley on Friday, October 21, from noon to 4:00 p.m. (or until supplies last) in the parking lot of the Twin Cities Church located at 11726 Rough and Ready Highway. The drive-thru clinic will provide flu shots, at no cost, to anyone 4 years of age and older. No Flumist Nasal Spray flu vaccine will be available this year, so all participants should wear clothing that allows for access to the upper arm so they may receive the flu shot with ease.

Participants will only be able to access the parking lot via the westbound lane of Rough and Ready Highway. There is no eastbound access due to safety issues. This is a drive-thru only event; all participants will be required to stay in their vehicles. Due to safety concerns, walkups will not be permitted.

The Public Health Department is hoping for a large response from the community not only to protect residents from the flu, but also so that our staff can learn valuable lessons and evaluate our response capacity in the event of a large communicable disease outbreak or public health emergency. If a significantly large communicable disease outbreak occurs, such as a pandemic, the Public Health Department will not want individuals to congregate in large spaces to receive prophylaxis medicines. The drive-thru mechanism allows for county residents to receive medicine without ever leaving their car thus protecting not only, themselves, but friends, family and the community as a whole.

“This is a great opportunity to prepare our community for the fast approaching flu season, and the flu vaccine is one of the most important steps a person can take in preventing influenza,” said Dr. Cutler, Nevada County Health Officer. “We are very pleased to be able to offer this free drive-thru clinic to our community.”