Fear of drive-thru flu clinics unfounded

A recent review of drive-thru influenza clinics found fears of fainting risks and subsequent automobile accidents to be unfounded.

The review, conducted by Dr. Ruth Carrico and colleagues from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, found no reports of fainting among more than 50,000 users of a drive-thru flu clinic established in 1995 at the University of Louisville Hospital, according to

"Some experts in the field have placed their fears about fainting risks ahead of fact, and we wanted to dispel the myths," Carrico said, reports. "We have created safe drive-thru processes that we feel lead to safer communities."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine reference guide, Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, mentions fainting as a possible risk involved with administering the vaccine. Carrico said that the information does not take into account that the recipients are already seated and in a familiar and comfortable setting.

After a review of medical and legal literature on the likelihood of fainting after a drive-thru vaccination, the team made a series of statistical inferences.

"We found a person's chance of fainting during a drive-thru vaccination is less than the probability of being struck by lightning," Carrico said, reports.

The review was recently published in the Journal of Emergency Management.