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Flu shot drive-though proves successful

Emergency Management Alert, October 28, 2008

Although it may sound unconventional, health officials in San Joaquin County, California are taking notes from fast-food restaurants.
 
In an effort to both test plans to distribute medicine during a health emergency and offer quick and easy flu vaccinations to residents, officials offered a one-day drive-through service to administer 1,300 shots, according to The Record.
 
Shots were distributed at the county’s fairgrounds. Patrons filled out forms, answered questions, and received shots, all while remaining in their vehicle.
 
The CDC asked that the county test its  plan this year by treating 400 people in one event. The drive-through event more than tripled that target figure. The CDC has said the county should be able to vaccinate all 700,000 county residents within 48 hours. Officials are working to find additional sites where this plan can be executed.
 
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