County schedules first ever drive through flu clinic
Tulare County public health officials today announced it will hold the first ever drive through flu clinic for adults on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at Mooney Grove Park. The mass vaccination will be held from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. Any adult over the age of 18, except for pregnant women and those with severe allergies, will be eligible.
This flu vaccination is completely free of charge to the attendees. The only questions that will be asked will be concerning any condition persons may have connected with receiving the flu vaccine.
The process will be fast, simple, and easy. No one will be required to leave their cars. Adults wanting to receive the flu vaccine will drive into the park, state their age, sign their name and be directed to a person who will give them their vaccine all without their leaving their car.
The County is prepared to vaccinate 1000 people at the drive through clinic. The process has been designed for maximum efficiency routing cars through the park in order to vaccinate as many people as possible in the shortest time possible. The clinic is being held as an exercise for a mass vaccination process in the event of an epidemic.
"This is a great way for people to get a flu shot. You won't even need to get out of your car," according to Ray Bullick, Director of Public Health for Tulare County. "And, it is a wonderful exercise for our agency in terms of preparedness for health emergencies. We hope people will take advantage of the opportunity."
Tulare County Health & Human Services Bioterrorism Department has worked with many agencies throughout Tulare County to coordinate this effort. Linkages have been made with Visalia Police Department, the American Red Cross, and American Medical Response in order to ensure proper traffic control, sufficient volunteers, and emergency services.
"We are moving into the peak influenza season and it is a major health concern during the winter months. A vaccination is important to protect yourself", said Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County Public Health Officer.
For more information, call Jennifer Hesse at (559) 737-4660 x 2121.