Easthampton Fire Department hosts drive-thru flu clinic

Hampshire County

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EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending people get their flu shot now before flu season sets in.

“With the fear of getting COVID and the flu at the same time could be detrimental to someone’s health, especially someone immunocompromised, so we want to do everything we can,” said Bri Eichstaedt, Health Agent for the City of Easthampton Health Department.

The flu shot is an important step in keeping you safe and others. The Easthampton Fire Department teamed up with the city’s health department Saturday morning for a drive-thru flu shot clinic.

Health experts say getting the flu vaccine can help free up the health care workers as they tackle the pandemic.

That includes first responders like Kyle Gagnon. He told 22News, “We ask when we go on a call ‘did you get your flu shot this year?’ It can help us go one way or another on a diagnosis for a patient whether we’re thinking flu or thinking something else.”

More than 60 people signed up to get their shot Saturday. Driving through the fire station’s garage they were able to receive the vaccine without having to leave their cars.

While the flu clinic was happening on one side of the fire station for anyone nine and up, an open house on another side there was plenty of fun for all ages.

Cody Potasky, a firefighter EMT, said the open house included, “Free coloring books, firefighter hats and candy.”

A drive-thru on one side, and an open house on the other, gave kids an inside look at the fire station while also teaching them fire safety.

“The Easthampton kids are at home virtual learning so this an opportunity for us to have something,” said firefighter Kyle Gagnon.

Connecting with kids on one of their favorite holidays of the year. Potasky told 22News, “It’s nice to able to give kids a bit of normalcy with everything going on. And give them some candy and smiles.”

If you still need to get your flu shot, now is the time. The CDC says anyone six months or older should get their vaccine.

Registration is closed for the drive-thru clinic but many pharmacies are offering flu shots. In most cases, your health insurance does cover it.

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