Lehigh Valley Health Network Vaccinates 11,000 Community Members During Free Flu Clinics

Despite ongoing cleanup efforts and many still anxiously waiting for their power to return following superstorm Sandy, about 11,000 people turned out to get vaccinated during Lehigh Valley Health Network’s 15th annual community flu campaign Nov. 3 and 4 at Dorney Park and Coca-Cola Park, respectively. Health network volunteers gave shots to adults and children 6 months and older during the all drive-thru event.

Many, including one man riding a bicycle, came with smiles and expressed their gratitude.  Others, especially some little ones, let it be known vocally that getting a shot wasn’t as much fun as the usual trip to the amusement park or to see a baseball game.

Luther Rhodes, MD, the health network’s chief of infectious diseases, said while it might be traumatic for those who hate shots, the stick is your best protection against influenza and can keep the virus from spreading.

In addition to getting immunized, community members also dropped off nearly 13,500 pounds of non-perishable food to benefit area food banks.