Community health center offers extended hours to meet demand for flu shots
November 13, 2020 – PORTLAND, OREGON – As more Portland metro area residents seek out flu shots over concerns of a possible “twindemic,” a local community health center has expanded its flu clinic hours to meet the demand.
“Since the first of October we have seen an increase of more than 500 flu vaccines in our clinics,” said Jeri Weeks, chief executive officer of Neighborhood Health Center (NHC), a non-profit community health center that serves at-risk and underserved patients.
“To meet this need, NHC is offering extended flu clinic hours at our Tanasbourne, Milwaukie, Beaverton and Canby locations,” she added.
Public health officials have warned that this winter could be especially difficult, with COVID-19 cases on the rise, hospital systems throughout the country at or near capacity and many Americans growing weary after months of social distancing.
Alexis Vannerson, RN, director of nursing at NHC said she is encouraged to see that the public health message is getting across. “Having a flu shot this year will lower the risk that people will contract both flu and COVID-19, which is clearly an even more deadly prospect,” she explained.
NHC is offering flu shots at a reduced rate for adults and free for children.
A full schedule of flu clinic hours can be viewed here: http://nhcoregon.org/nhc-flu-clinic-extended-hours/
Neighborhood Health Center
Neighborhood Health Center (NHC) is a non-profit community health center that serves a federally designated Medically Underserved Population (MUP) in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), NHC is governed by a dedicated, patient-majority Board of Directors, committed to the mission of building healthy communities – one neighbor at a time – through patient-centered health care, regardless of income or current state of wellness.
Learn more: http://nhcoregon.org/
Contact: Penny L. Moore