By LISA SIMPSON STRANGE
Glasgow Daily Times
Residents of Glasgow will have the opportunity to receive free flu shots on Monday.
The Western Kentucky University Mobile Health Unit will be in the Glasgow Housing Authority parking lot at 111 Bunche Avenue on Monday from 8:30 a.m. until noon to give flu shots at no charge for anyone in the community who wants to be vaccinated.
Vicki Morrison, service coordinator for the elderly and disabled at the housing authority, said the mobile unit makes regular stops in Glasgow and Barren County for various health screenings.
“We host them in the area several times a year,” Morrison said. “They usually do all the testing for free.”
Many times WKU nursing students work with the mobile health unit during community visits, but the unit will be manned by two nurses on Monday, RNs Beth Whitfield and Chandra Ellis-Griffith, when the flu shots are administered.
Whitfield is also the coordinator of the mobile unit for WKU through the Institute for Rural Health and has worked with the program since its inception in 2001. She wasn’t sure how many people might be attending Monday’s flu shot clinic.
“We have a limited amount of vaccine. We’re planning for 100. I don’t know how many will show up because it is open to the whole community and it’s free,” she said.
The shot contains the H1N1 vaccine as well as this year’s normal flu vaccine, so people only have to get one injection, Whitfield said. Full immunity is achieved two weeks after receiving the shot.
Morrison said the housing authority has worked with the mobile health unit, which also includes a dental unit, for a couple of years.
“They come every six months. We host them and send out word to all of our residents when they will be here,” she said.
On other visits, WKU nursing students conduct health screenings, bone density tests, lipids panels and blood sugar monitoring at the housing authority and several other sites in Glasgow including area schools for the dental unit.
In all, the WKU mobile health unit covers a 10-county area and makes visits twice a week to sites within their district.
For more information on the flu shot clinic, call (270) 651-3859.