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Douglas Public Health Network hosting free drive-thru flu shot event

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ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Douglas Public Health Network is hosting its first-ever free drive-thru flu vaccination event at the Douglas County Fairgrounds December 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is aimed at Douglas County residents ages three and up, and is limited to the first 2000 attendees.

There is no cost to those receiving vaccinations, and no insurance information has to be presented, organizers said in a news release.

You can visit http://www.dispenseassist.net/flu.html to print and fill out your form to help you get through the line quicker, or there will be forms available at the event if you do not have access to a printer. You might not even have to get out of your vehicle to receive your vaccination, organizers said.

Next week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, which says it’s not too late, to vaccinate. “As people start traveling more during the holidays, and visiting with friends and family, it’s important to remember that ‘sharing isn’t always caring,’” DPHN Executive Director Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer stressed. “December and January are often the peak months of flu season, and no one wants to be sick during the holidays, so please come and take advantage of a free vaccination.”

Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman, who sits on the DPHN Board, said, “It’s because of great community partnerships the county has established, that events like this are able to provide free services to our community members.”

"While the vaccine varies in how well it works, there are many studies that show that flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations," DPHN said. CDC estimates that last season, flu vaccine prevented 5.1 million cases of flu, 2.5 million flu-related medical visits and 71,000 flu-associated hospitalizations.

The Douglas County Fairgrounds are located at 2110 SW Frear Street in Roseburg. DPHN would also like to thank all their community partners and agencies for assisting in helping make this event a success.

More information from DPHN about the agency:

Douglas Public Health Network began 2015 to participate in a new way to provide public health services in Douglas County. Several local not-for-profit agencies came together to form a new not-for-profit organization: DPHN. In December 2015, DPHN signed a contract with Douglas County to provide communicable disease and emergency preparedness services.

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