SPRING HILL — It's an idea that works well for fast-food restaurants, dry cleaners, pharmacies and other businesses. So, the Hernando County Health Department wants to deliver a popular health service in similar no-fuss fashion.
From 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill, folks will have the opportunity to roll down their car windows and roll up their sleeves to get preventive flu and pneumonia shots.
The service is a joint effort by the Health Department and Walgreens, whose pharmacists will administer the vaccines.
Nina Mattei of the Health Department said the clinic marks the first time her department has offered such a service, though it's been done previously in Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas.
The drive-through clinics have proven to be not only convenient, but also a money saver.
"People will be paying about 20 percent less for their vaccinations than they would if they walked into a Walgreens," Mattei said. "It's quick and easy, and if it's successful we'd like to do more of them."
Mattei said that in addition to providing a convenient way to get the shots, the clinic will give the Health Department an opportunity to practice the delivery of medications in the event of a countywide emergency that would require the need to vaccinate a large number of people quickly.
Mattei believes the drive-through vaccination clinic will draw a number of individuals who have physical limitations that make it difficult to move about.
"It's a great alternative to having to go to a doctor's office or clinic," she said. "They don't even have to leave their cars."
Participants arriving at the park will be asked by county health workers to fill out a form that asks whether they have allergies. Vaccinations won't be given to anyone who might already be infected with the flu. The entire process will take about 10 minutes, Mattei said.
Flu shots cost $25.99 and pneumonia shots are $90. Both are covered by most insurance plans; people without insurance can pay for the vaccinations with cash or a credit card.
Logan Neill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 848-1435.