Boston attempts to track flu vaccinations

Emergency Management Alert, November 25, 2008

Beginning last week, Boston became one of the first cities in the country to implement a system which creates a registry of everyone in the city who has received a flu vaccination, according to The Boston Globe.
Using technology originally purchased to track injuries in large disasters such as fires or plane crashes, the Boston Public Health Commission kicked off its  system November 21, when several hundred people were expected to receive shots at the Commission’s headquarters. Each person received a bracelet printed with a unique identifying code. Those codes were then entered into handheld devices similar to those used by delivery truck drivers, according to the article.
The intent of this registry is to identify those who have been vaccinated during a large-scale flu epidemic. Infectious disease specialists in Boston believe this strategy could also be used during bioterrorism attacks. 
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