First of Carle's drive-through flu-shot clinics underway in Urbana

First of Carle's drive-through flu-shot clinics underway in Urbana

URBANA — The Carle health system is expecting thousands of people to turn out for its annual drive-through flu-shot clinic, which started Wednesday morning and runs through the week at the Vineyard Church in Urbana.

An appointment isn't required, and some patients won't even have to get out of the car, according to Carle spokeswoman Jamie Mullin.

The drive-through clinic at the church at 1500 N. Lincoln Ave. is set to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Those who will need to go into the church include patients receiving the flu vaccine for the first time, anyone using a Carle service for the first time, and anyone paying with cash or a credit card, Mullin said.

Here's how payment for the flu shots is being handled:

Carle Physician Group patients who bring their clinic numbers and insurance cards and Medicare patients who also bring their cards can choose direct billing.

Non-Medicare and non-Carle Physician Group patients should be prepared to pay for their shots at the clinic. The cost this year is $40 for regular shots and $60 for the high-dose vaccine that's intended for adults 65 and older.

The nasal FluMist vaccine isn't being offered at the drive-through or other flu-vaccine clinics run by Carle and Christie Clinic because it is once again not being recommended for use this year.

A complete schedule of Carle flu-shot clinics, which will run through Dec. 3, can be found at carle.org/services/Flu.

Christie Clinic flu-shot clinics begin Sept. 30, and a complete schedule can be found at http://bit.ly/2y9Xflc.

A flu shot is advised for about everyone 6 months old or older. It takes about two weeks for immunity to kick in, and health experts advise getting flu shots ahead of the flu season, which can start as early as next month but typically doesn't begin to peak until December.

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