Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

November 21, 2012

Stop and Stick: free flu shot clinic pulls double duty

By Leeann Akers - Managing Editor

Nov. 21, 2012 — There are lots of places to get flu shots this year but the Little Sandy District Health Department teamed up with some Grayson agencies to offer 50 free vaccinations last week in a unique setting.

Henry Sturgill, environmentalist and preparedness planner, said success in other counties led to the clinic last week at the Grayson Fire Department.

“This is the first time we’ve tried this here,” Sturgill said. “With the help of Carter County EMS, Grayson Fire Department and Grayson Police Department, we are able to give these 50 free shots to people who may not have got to get them otherwise.”

GPD directed traffic around the fire station, where people were able to literally get a drive-through shot.

Each person filled out paperwork while they waited in line for the shot. Then they paused for a few minutes before leaving to make sure they didn't have a bad reaction.

“This is a practice in preparedness as well,” said John Hunt, regional preparedness coordinator. “If a disease was released that required mass vaccination of the people of Carter County, this gives us the opportunity to practice. Also, since the shots are free, it is a community service.”

Hunt said the exercise also gave police, fire, EMS, and health agencies the opportunity to work together.

“This exercise helps everyone learn how people would work together in some kind of mass event or emergency,” Hunt said. “When you train with people, you know how they would work in the real world. This makes things easier flow when we all have to work together in teams during an emergency.”

All 50 free shots were given during the “stop and stick” event.

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