Flu Pandemic Drill

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

November 5, 2007

Monday morning health officials in the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District practiced their response to a flu emergency.

It was not your typical drive thru. You didn't find greasy cheeseburgers or french fries, but something much better for your health, a flu shot.

“We are doing a mass immunization clinic,” explained David Compton, District Health Director.

With the help of VDOT and Culpeper Sheriff's Department, the local health department was able to test the efficiency of mass drive thru vaccinations.

Residents of Madison, Orange and Culpeper counties simply rolled down their window and rolled up their sleeves.

“We give them their vaccine and they move a long, so anyone who might be developing a pandemic flu would still be isolated in their car from the other people that are here,” Compton said.

The Center for Disease Control sent out over a thousand flu shots to area health districts in Virginia, asking them to practice.

Once Monday's drill was over officials said they will use feedback to sit down and decide what worked and what needs to be changed.

“We sometimes think we know everything, but the people that are actually on the receiving end of our services are looking with fresh eyes and so they see things that we might be able to do a little more efficiently or a little bit better for them,” said Compton.

However, at first glance officials said it seems to be a success.

“I think they're doing very well. The clients are doing fine in the car as far as having their arms ready and our nurses are a bit chilly, but they seem to be doing just fine. We haven't had any complaints,” Jo Bond, Immunization Coordinator, said.

All in all the health department had 600 flu shots to give out. As an incentive to get people to participate in the drill they were given for free.

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