By CHRISTIN COYNE
The Parker County Hospital District’s first flu shot drive done at Holland Lake Nursing Center and in conjunction with a food drive Wednesday brought out far more area residents than health officials anticipated.
District employees gave away more than 500 flu shots Wednesday during a vaccination clinic and canned food drive at the nursing center.
Despite the rainy day, the drive-through flu shot clinic was already the district’s most successful, CEO Randall Young said early Wednesday afternoon as the number of flu vaccinations distributed neared 300.
Donna Tillman, the facility administrator, said the nursing center held a canned food drive last year but attendance was up this year with the addition of the flu shot clinic.
The day began at 6 a.m. with free breakfast and broadcasting with an area radio station and continued with a hot dog lunch and free popcorn and drinks.
Despite the rainy day, Weatherford residents came in cars, on bicycles, on foot and even walking with the help of a walker to trade canned food for protection against the flu this year.
At one point, staff went back to the district’s offices to obtain additional flu vaccination doses to avoid running out.
Meanwhile, the donated canned items, which will be distributed among area food banks, stacked up inside the building.
“I think we’re all just amazed,” Tillman said.
The district will be continuing the collection of non-perishable food items at their offices today and Friday. Those who need a flu shot can bring a canned food item by to donate.
The district has already given out more than 11,300 flu vaccines since the season started in September, according to the district.