UW Health Shares Updates on Flu Vaccines and Drive-Thru Clinic
Get Your Flu Vaccine
Madison, Wisconsin - UW Health officials want to share updates on the options available for getting your flu shot this year and the organization's first drive-thru flu vaccine clinic.
If you still need a flu vaccine this season, UW Health wants you to know:
- Getting a flu vaccine at UW Health's drive-thru clinic is a simple process for patients. You do not need an appointment, but you can schedule one via MyChart if you prefer.
- For children, please contact your doctor's office for guidance on the best location to receive your flu vaccine this season.
- Bring your pharmacy insurance card, with or without an appointment.
- Wear a face covering and a top that allows easy access to your upper arm.
This drive-thru clinic is an innovation that makes the flu vaccination process safe and easy for patients, while adhering to COVID-19 prevention recommendations including social distancing. As of Oct. 5, the drive-thru clinic had administered more than 1,700 flu vaccines, providing an average of 152 per day.
The drive thru is located at 3185 Deming Way in Middleton (Map). It is open weekdays 8:15am-5:15pm and will be open until Oct. 30, 2020.
Getting a flu vaccine is important to protect yourself and your loved ones, and to prevent a potential strain on the healthcare system if there was a surge of influenza and COVID-19 hospitalizations sometimes called a "twindemic."
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present an unprecedented risk for Wisconsin, influenza is still a dangerous and deadly virus. According to CDC estimates, the 2019-2020 flu season included up to 56 million cases, up to 740,000 hospitalizations and up to 62 thousand deaths. Even though influenza vaccines reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death, less than half of adults in the U.S. were vaccinated last flu season.
Date Published: 10/08/2020