An estimated crowd of over 600 filtered through Hempstead Hall last Friday for the annual Hempstead Health Unit Flu Clinic. Hempstead Health Unit Administrator Debbie Howard said that they had prepared approximately 780 units of vaccine.

An estimated crowd of over 600 filtered through Hempstead Hall last Friday for the annual Hempstead Health Unit Flu Clinic.  Hempstead Health Unit Administrator Debbie Howard said that they had prepared approximately 780 units of vaccine.
With a combined team of Health Unit personnel and LPN student nurses from UA Hope, heavy morning traffic was seen and administered early, followed by an afternoon downtime, before crowds picked up again right before the clinic closed at 5 p.m.
“We’ve had a steady flow throughout the day; we had about 600 last year, and we have 780 units on hand today,” Howard said.
A wide variety of folks showed up Friday afternoon ranging from Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen to Sharon Caldwell and the entire crew of Tailgater’s Restaurant.
Howard said that for folks that missed out Friday that people could still visit the Hempstead County Health Unit, which is adjacent to the Hempstead County Courthouse, and get a shot.
“People can still visit the clinic anytime, and just like today, they can get a flu vaccination for free,” Howard said, “We try to do the mass clinic every October to get ahead of flu season, but Friday is not the end; there is still plenty of time.”
Howard said that the traditional “flu season” runs from December through March.
For her part, McQueen said she tries to get her vaccination every year, and she simply smiled as she pulled off her designer jacket and had the shot was administered.
“I always hope it doesn’t sting too much,” she said.