After seeing the popularity of its drive-thru flu shot clinic last fall, the St. Catherine Hospital Development Foundation is taking its flu-fighting efforts out into the community in advance of this year’s influenza season.

Thanks in part to a pair of $4,000 grants from the City of Garden City and the Western Kansas Community Foundation, respectively, the St. Catherine Foundation and hospital associates will be offering a series of mobile flu shot clinics October 14 through 18 in a variety of locations around Garden City.

In all, 500 free flu shots will be made available through the clinics.

“It wouldn’t have been possible to offer this many vaccines without the grant funding from the City of Garden City and Western Kansas Community Foundation,” said Paige Kraus, stewardship coordinator for the St. Catherine Hospital Development Foundation. “They really believed in this cause and wanted to be a part of it, and we’re honored to partner with them.”

This year's clinics will offer free flu shots at the following locations and times:

 

Oct. 14: Meals on Wheels routes 1-3, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Oct. 15:  Meals on Wheels routes 4-6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Oct. 16:  Penka Building parking lot, GCCC campus, 8 to 11 a.m.

Oct. 16: Meals on Wheels routes 7-8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Oct. 17: St. Mary Catholic Church, 509 St. John St., 1 to 3 p.m. -open to the public.

Oct. 18: Charles O. Stones Intermediate Center, 401 N. Jennie Barker Road, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - open to the public.

 

Meals on Wheels customers can arrange to have the mobile flu clinic visit their residences when their daily meals are delivered on those days. GCCC students who show their student ID when the mobile clinic comes to campus can receive flu shots on a first-come, first served basis as supplies last.

Kraus said the St. Mary and Charles O. Stones locations were chosen so the clinics, which are open to the public, could reach residents on both the west and east sides of the city.

“The whole community is invited, and we just wanted to make it as convenient as possible for them,” Kraus said about the two community clinics.