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HaysMed drive-through flu shots will be Sunday





Hays Medical Center will host its annual drive-through flu shot event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday outside the hospital.

Free flu shots will be given by registered nurses. Participants are asked to use the hospital's north entrance on Canterbury drive, and to wear short-sleeved shirts.

The event, funded by HaysMed Foundation, has proven popular in the past. Approximately 4,000 doses of the vaccine were given at last year's event.

"It takes 75 to 80 people to pull it off," Matzke said of hospital employees and volunteers. "We gave 4,000 shots last year; 4,000 shots in four to five hours -- that's a lot of shots every hour."

In addition to the standard flu vaccine, nasal spray vaccine also will be on-hand for children older than 2. Children with certain health conditions, however, must receive the vaccine by injection, said Rich Matzke, employee health nurse at HaysMed.

Adult participants will stay in their vehicles, but an indoor clinic will be set up inside the Center for Health Improvement for children younger than 18.

Security personnel will direct traffic through the event. Patients will be asked to file a consent form before receiving a shot. A paper medical record of the injection will be available to participants.