The Macoupin County Public Health Department completed a successful emergency preparedness drill on Tuesday, October 8 at the Macoupin County Fairgrounds. This is the twelfth year the health department has conducted an exercise in conjunction with an annual Drive Through Flu Vaccine Clinic.
The Drive Through Clinic helps health department staff to continue to become more efficient at vaccinating or distributing medicines in preparation for an outbreak that can be controlled through preventive medicine. New biological diseases are evolving at a more rapid pace all the time. The exercise helps the staff to become more streamlined and to develop workflow improvements.
This year 126 community members received flu vaccinations at the clinic. Over 40 staff and volunteers including traffic control, safety manager, public information team, operations manager, triage staff, clerical staff and nurses to administer the vaccine were needed to manage the exercise
Vaccines were not offered to children under 12 years of age because we prefer to observe some children for 10 to 15 minutes after receiving their vaccinations to make sure there are no complications. Plans are in place to vaccinate children in an efficient system should a real outbreak occur reassuring the entire county’s population will receive vaccination.
The drive through clinic provided an easy, convenient, quick way for county residents to receive their flu vaccination. They did not have to get out of their vehicle. Free transportation was provided by the Macoupin County Public Transportation Program.
If you were unable to attend the drive through flu clinic on Tuesday, several options are available. You can call the Morgan Street Clinic at 217-854-3692 or the Maple Street Clinic at 217-839-1526 to make an appointment. An additional clinic is currently scheduled in Mt. Olive at the Mt. Olive School on Thursday, October 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For additional information regarding flu vaccination, contact Becky at 217-839-4192.