NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County, in collaboration with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), will offer a free drive-through flu vaccination event on Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until the vaccine runs out. The event will also serve as a medication disposal location and will take place in downtown Wilmington in the CFCC student parking lot between Hanover and Brunswick streets, beside the Schwartz Center.
The “Flu Thru” and medication disposal event allows New Hanover County to exercise its Point of Distribution Plan, which details how to rapidly dispense medications and medical supplies to the public in the event of a public health emergency. This year, this event and exercise further prepares New Hanover County for continued response to COVID-19, and helps prevent increased circulation of influenza while COVID-19 is still present in the community.
“Not only are these exercises important to keep us prepared for future events and the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, but getting your flu vaccine is an important strategy in limiting the impact of COVID-19 during cold and flu season,” said New Hanover County Assistant Health Director Carla Turner, RN, MSHCA. “It’s imperative that anyone and everyone who can, get their flu shot to protect themselves and others and to prevent overburdening our healthcare system with COVID-19 and influenza at the same time.”
How to Participate
Anyone in the community can get a free flu vaccine or dispose of medications by coming to the parking lot next to the Schwartz Center on Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until the vaccine runs out. All medications, syringes, e-cigarette and vaping devices with batteries removed will be accepted for disposal. No appointment, insurance, ID or proof of residency is required; and Spanish and ASL interpreters will be available.
Attendees should wear short sleeved shirts, or be able to roll long sleeves up to their shoulder. The flu vaccine available is a regular dose vaccine, and anyone six months or older can receive it. There will be a walk-up and drive-through option to receive a flu shot and/or dispose of medications:
High dose vaccines, typically given to adults 65 and older, are not available at this event, but can be accessed by calling New Hanover County Health and Human Services at 910-798-3500 or visiting the Health and Human Services Building Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, staff and volunteers will be dressed in proper personal protective equipment (PPE), and nothing that is handed to participants (like vaccination information material) will be taken back. Participants will be provided masks upon arrival.
View and download flyers for the “Flu Thru” in English and Spanish. For more information about the importance of the flu vaccine, visit flu.NC.gov. For more information on medication disposal, visit NHRMC.org.