With flu season here one of the easiest ways to s

first_imgWith flu season here, one of the easiest ways to stay healthy is also the simplest: Get a flu shot. But for many, the inconvenience (and pain, let’s be honest) of getting a shot dissuades them from ever receiving one.That’s where the Tuscaloosa County Health Department is stepping in and taking the stress out of shots with a drive-thru.The worse months for the flu across America are November through March. Last year January was the worst month for Alabama.The Tuscaloosa County Health Department is hosting drive-thru flu shot clinics throughout flu season. Director of Emergency Preparedness Tommy Dockery said the convenience of getting a shot without getting out of the car makes it more appealing.“The public really enjoys being able to come by and not having to get out of your car,” said Dockery. “It’s very convenient, you can come by before work or school and get your vaccine.”Vaccines are free for people who have Medicaid, Medicare or Blue Cross Blue Shield. You must present a valid insurance card to receive the free shot. If you don’t have insurance or have insurance not listed, shots are $10.To find out more about the next drive-thru clinic you can call 205-562-6900. The health department also offers walk-in flu shots, as do most pharmacies and doctor’s offices around West Alabama.The health department is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.last_img