Seventh Annual Pandemic Flu Drill Vaccinates Residents As They Drive On Through
On a chilly, and at times, overcast day, the Bucks County Health Department held its seventh annual Pandemic Flu Drill, at three drive-through locations throughout the county. The drill, designed to simulate an actual emergency situation, was a great way to practice skills while vaccinating thousands of people from the upcoming flu season.
Approximately 260 staff and volunteers, from the Health Department, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Volunteers, Community Volunteers, Major Incident Response Team (MIRT), and contract nurses, participated in the drill.
“I would like to thank the staff, and especially the volunteers and the public that took time out of their busy Saturdays to participate in the Flu Drill,” said Commissioner Chairman Robert Loughery. “I am especially grateful to the nurses who talked my youngest daughter through it, helping alleviate her fear of the ‘dreaded’ shot, making the whole process seem smooth.” He added that emergency preparedness is one of the county’s primary goals, and drills such as this sharpen skills for any situation.
At the three locations, close to 4000 vaccinations were administered, about1200 at Sellersville Fire Company, 1200 at Northampton Fire Company and 1500 at Levittown Fire Company #2. While those were being dispensed, behind the scenes there were also two emergency scenarios being drilled?" stolen supplies and line jumpers?" which staff and volunteers, as well as MIRT used to hone their proficiency, preparing in the case of real emergencies.
“We want to thank everyone who came out to support the 2012 Bucks County Pandemic Drill,” noted Dr. David Damsker, Health Department Director. “Each year, we work on improving various parts of our plans, some of it seen by the public and others are ‘behind the scenes’. The traffic at times was a little heavier than we expected, but that also shows us how much interest from the community was there.”
If you missed the flu drill, flu shot clinics will be held weekly in the Health Department Offices. For more information, please call 215-345-3318 or go to www.buckscounty.org.