Henry Ford Health System to Provide Free Flu Shots at “Pop-Up” Clinics in Detroit

October 27, 2020

DETROIT (Oct. 27, 2020) – Henry Ford Health System will provide free flu shots at a series of “pop-up” clinics in the city of Detroit as part of its community outreach efforts to limit the spread of flu illness this fall and winter.

These mobile clinics will provide flu shots to Detroit residents ages 9 and older. People attending the clinic are required to wear a facemask and have their temperature checked before receiving a vaccination. Those with a body temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be encouraged to contact their doctor.

“Because the flu virus and COVID-19 will both be circulating this fall and winter, getting a flu shot is more important than ever,” says Bethany Thayer, RDN, director of Henry Ford’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP). “It’s important to get a flu shot every year and to get it before flu season begins as it takes two weeks for your antibodies to build up immunity and provide protection against the flu. It’s safe and effective and prevents thousands of hospitalizations and deaths each year.”

Flu shots will be given by CHPDP medical staff from inside of Henry Ford’s blue mobile medical unit. For the health and safety of staff and community members, only one person at a time is permitted inside the medical unit.

Look for the mobile medical unit at these locations:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Village Center Apartments, 901 Pallister Street, Detroit.
  • Friday, Oct. 30 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Greater Grace Temple Church, 23500 W. Seven Mile Road, Detroit.
  • Sunday, Nov. 1, from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Bethel Temple Church, 5024 28th Street, Detroit.
  • Friday, Nov. 6, from noon – 4 p.m.
    King David Baptist Church, 18001 Sunset Street, Detroit.
  • Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. – noon.
    Liberty Temple Baptist Church, 17188 Greenfield, Detroit.
  • Monday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    North Rosedale Park Community House, 18445 Scarsdale Street, Detroit.

The flu shot clinics are part of Henry Ford’s continuing community outreach and health improvement efforts. Thayer says the medical staff hopes that by bringing the mobile medical unit to the community, more people will get their flu shot this year.

“We are committed to doing our part to protect the communities we serve,” Thayer says. “It’s important we come together as a community to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Each one of us can do our part by getting a flu shot.”

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MEDIA CONTACT: David Olejarz / David.Olejarz@hfhs.org / 313.303.0606

About Henry Ford Health System

Founded in 1915 by Henry Ford himself, Henry Ford Health System is a non-profit, integrated health system committed to improving people’s lives through excellence in the science and art of healthcare and healing. Henry Ford Health System includes six hospitals including Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit; Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals; Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital; Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital; Henry Ford Allegiance in Jackson, MI; and Henry Ford Kingswood Hospital – an inpatient psychiatric hospital.

Henry Ford Health System also includes Henry Ford Medical Group: Henry Ford Physician Network; more than 250 outpatient facilities; Henry Ford Pharmacy; Henry Ford OptimEyes; and other healthcare services. Our not-for-profit health plan, Health Alliance Plan – HAP – provides health coverage for more than 540,000 people.

As one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, Henry Ford Health System trains more than 3,000 medical students, residents, and fellows annually in more than 50 accredited programs, and has trained nearly 40% of the state’s physicians. Our dedication to education and research is supported by nearly $100 million in annual grants from the National Institutes of Health and other public and private foundations.

Henry Ford Health System employs more than 33,000 people, including more than 1,600 physicians, more than 6,600 nurses and 5,000 allied health professionals. For more information, go to henryford.com