Hometown Health to offer drive-through seasonal flu shots at Renown South Meadows

RENOWN HEALTH NEWS RELEASE:

Renown_brochure_091006_BHometown Health will once again provide Reno residents with the convenience of drive-through seasonal flu shots Saturday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to noon at Renown South Meadows Medical Center, 10101 Double R Blvd. Part of more than 25 scheduled Renown Health seasonal flu and pneumonia shot offerings around the Truckee Meadows this season, the annual event has been one of the region’s most popular.

“The drive-through flu shots is one of our most requested events because of the ease and convenience it offers,” said Ty Windfeldt, director of sales and service for Hometown Health. “Depending on wait times the entire process takes about 10 minutes. It’s great for people who know they should get the shot or want the shot but have trouble finding the time to fit in a visit to their doctor’s office.”

Seasonal flu shots are offered at no cost to Medicare beneficiaries (Part B) and to members of Senior Care Plus or Hometown Health fully insured HMO and PPO plans. All other persons can receive the seasonal flu shots for $28 and the pneumonia Shots for $50. Pneumonia shots will be available for those who meet CDC criteria. There will be no out-of-pocket costs for Medicare (Part B) and Senior Care Plus members; for all others the pneumonia shot is $50.

“The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a flu vaccine as the first and most important thing people can do to protect against the flu,” said Lori Mitchell, health management services manager at Renown Health. “Additional preventive actions like washing your hands and covering your cough will help stop the spread of germs.”

If unable to attend this flu shot event, people are encouraged to call Renown Medical Group at 982-5000 to schedule an appointment or visit www.renown.org/flu for a complete seasonal flu and pneumonia shot schedule. Flu shots are available to children ages nine to 17 with a parent present. Pediatric flu shots are available by appointment only for children ages six months to eight years old. Call 982-4148.

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