Flu shot roundup under way at fairgrounds

The annual vaccination clinic continues through Friday.

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WALLA WALLA -- There was no sense of panic in the first hours of the first day of the sixth annual Flu Shot Roundup, said Harvey Crowder, administrator for Walla Walla County Public Health Department.

Yet it's obvious people understood the importance of preparation during last year's swine flu scare, he added. "We saw lots of families first thing this morning. People took to heart the message about getting their kids vaccinated."

His staff saw about 200 people in the first hour of the clinic at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, he said. By 10 a.m., the flow had settled into a "walking through" pace for adults and families. "We've been really steady."

The mass vaccination clinic at the fairground's Community Building closes today at 5 p.m. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Tables for children and their families are in a separate area, allowing families to proceed through only one line. The "ever popular drive-by shootings" will continue in front of the fair pavilion -- clients with limited mobility can roll down their vehicle window and roll up their sleeve to receive vaccine.

Buses with residents from assisted living and residential facilities can be scheduled in advance for the drive through.

Vaccinations are $30 for adult flu shots, $65 for adult pneumonia shots and $15 each for children's flu or pneumonia vaccine (shot or mist).

Medicare and Washington or Oregon Medicaid will be accepted for payment, as will Aetna health insurance. All other people must pay at time of service with cash, check, Visa or MasterCard.

For more information call 524-2600.

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