On Saturday November 18, ADHS and Maricopa County Department of Public Health join in a new partnership with the Wildlife World Zoo to host a free influenza vaccine clinic accompanied with outreach on disease prevention. Last year at the Phoenix Zoo, the “Protect You and the Zoo from the Flu” event was successful in allowing public health officials to promote health and wellness for Arizonans.

Last year’s influenza season in Arizona was one of the most prolonged, lasting well into the summer with almost 14,000 cases reported. Additionally, there have been many reports of increased risk for disease spread associated with animal contact, such as variant influenza, Salmonella, and E. coli. “Protect you and the Zoo from Flu” is an event created to minimize the impact of influenza for Arizona youth and their families, as well as encouraging fun, safe, and healthy interactions with animals. Hosting an event of this nature at the zoo is a unique way to promote awareness, engage the community, and share the One Health message about disease prevention across the human and animal interface.

Midwestern University pharmacy staff will administer free influenza vaccines from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. A voucher for $5 off admission to the Wildlife World Zoo will be provided for those who receive their influenza vaccine. In addition to free influenza vaccinations, there will be several tables with health information including Flu Near You, an educational booth with a spin-the-wheel and other interactive games to receive additional giveaways, including keychains and hats. Join public health and the animals at the Wildlife World Zoo on November 18 for a day of disease prevention and fun.