WHO:  Overland Park Regional Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider.

WHAT:  Annual Free Flu Clinic, while supplies last.

WHEN/WHERE:  Sat. Oct. 7, 2017

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Overland Park Regional Medical Center
Main Lobby
10500 Quivira Road
Overland Park 66215
(Offering the pediatric vaccine for ages 6 months and up) 

8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ER of Shawnee
10310 W. 63rd St.
Shawnee 66203 

8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ER of Olathe
13505 S. Alden St.
Olathe 66062 

WHY:  Each year from November to April, millions of people come down with the flu. Medical experts like Gabriel Schifman, D.O, Board-certified Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of Pediatric Emergency Services, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, notes that while the flu—which typically enters the body through the mouth or nose—can be dangerous, it can usually be prevented with a simple flu shot.

“We’re pleased to provide these three free flu clinics to keep our community healthy,” Dr. Schifman says. “Getting vaccinated is the single most effective way to protect against the flu. It’s critical to protect yourself and your loved ones, to help keep our community healthy and to avoid a trip to the Emergency Room."

The flu virus can become airborne if an infected individual coughs or sneezes, which tends to spread the flu rapidly to people in close proximity.  Flu symptoms can be mistaken for a cold, but Schifman notes that the onset is normally more sudden and includes symptoms such as severe muscle aches, chills and fever, extreme fatigue, sore throat, headache and cough.

For more information, visit oprmc.com or call (913) 541-5000.