JPS Health Network providing drive-thru flu shot through Oct. 23

Published on September 29, 2020

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Flu control and prevention is something JPS Health Network always takes seriously. But in the midst of a global pandemic, making the right moves in the fight against the flu is now more important than ever.

“The last thing you want is to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time,” said Dr. Nadia Alawi-Kakomanolis, vice chief of primary care operations at JPS. “This is definitely not the year to skip getting a flu shot.”

Drive-thru appointments are available through Oct. 23 from 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Appointments are encouraged. Call 817-702-1100 to set up a time or for additional information about flu shots. They are available for patients 13 and older.

The drive-thru flu shot clinics are:

  • Mondays, Medical Home Northeast Tarrant, 3200 West Euless- Blvd., Euless
  • Tuesdays, Health Center for Women Main Campus, 1201 S. Main St., Fort Worth
  • Wednesdays, Stop Six/Water B. Barbour Health Center, 3301 Stalcup Rd., Fort Worth
  • Thursdays, Medical Home Southeast Tarrant, 1050 W. Arkansas Ln., Arlington
  • Fridays, South Campus Health Center, 2500 Circle Dr., Fort Worth

Patients can check in via their cellphone when they arrive at their flu shot location and wait in the comfort and safety of their car for a call back when it’s time to come in and get their inoculation.

JPS facilities delivered about 54,000 flu vaccinations during the 2019-20 flu season. Alawi-Kakomanolis said she hopes to see that number increase to about 70,000 for the 2020-21 season. 

Continue with disease-prevention methods

While it’s vital that people prepare themselves against the flu, Dr. Steven Davis, pulmonary/critical care physician and senior physician executive of internal medicine, said the methods people have used to defend themselves from COVID-19 for the past six months have been good training for the fight against the flu. People shouldn’t feel as if an additional burden is being placed on them, he said. They should feel empowered by the fact that they’re armed with the tools and skills they need to protect themselves.

“The things people are doing from COVID-19 are the same things they need to be doing to protect themselves from the flu,” Davis said. “Washing your hands properly and frequently, wearing masks, cleaning hard surfaces, staying home when you’re sick and social distancing are things that not only stop the spread of COVID-19, but also the flu. So we’re not asking people to do more, we’re just asking them to remain vigilant.”