WHO:  Overland Park Regional Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System — Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider and private-sector employer 

 Annual Free Flu Clinic, while supplies last.

/WHERE:  Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Overland Park Regional Medical Center - Main Lobby

10500 Quivira Road

Overland Park 66215

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

In order to expedite the process and waiting time, people are encouraged to complete the Influenza Vaccine Screening form and have a voucher ready. There are three ways to receive/complete the voucher.

*On Apple and Android phones, download the Dispense Assist app and click on “Influenza.” Complete the online screening and receive a voucher.

*Visit DispenseAssist.net, click on “Influenza,” complete the online screening and print the voucher.

*Or complete the Influenza Vaccine Screening form onsite. 

WHY:  Each year from November to April, millions of people come down with the flu. Medical experts like Raymond Brovont, M.D.,  ER Medical Director, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, say that while the flu—which usually enters the body through the mouth or nose—can be dangerous, it can usually be prevented with a simple flu shot.

“We are pleased to provide this free flu clinic to keep our community healthy,” says Dr. Brovont.  “Getting vaccinated is the single most effective way to protect against the flu. It is critical to protect yourself and your loved ones and 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 Dr. Brovont notes that the onset is typically more sudden and includes symptoms such as severe muscle aches, chills and fever, extreme fatigue, sore throat, headache and cough.