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Drive-through flu clinic successful

South county event designed as emergency preparedness training

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Forty-six percent more people received their flu inoculations this year than last year at the annual Frontier region drive-through emergency dispensing event.

The event is designed as training for towns to prepare in case there’s ever an emergency that required mass inoculations.

“As a result of (Sunday’s) exercise, our four towns are that much closer to being able to handle a big public health emergency efficiently and effectively,” Sue Bridge, a public information officer for the event, said Monday.

A total of 570 people were immunized, 480 of which received flu shots and 90 who received the flu mist.

For eight years, the towns of Deerfield, Conway, Whately and Sunderland have teamed up to host the clinic for residents and nonresidents. The towns are helped out with $30,000 from the state Department of Public Health.

This is the third year for the drive-through clinic, which is designed to limit exposure of participants by isolating them in their vehicles.

Staffing the clinic were 60 volunteers including local police, EMTs and nurses as well as 16 Greenfield Community College nursing students.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:
kmckiernan@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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