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Drive-Thru flu shots come to Worth Co.

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) – Worth County's first drive-thru flu clinic served more than one purpose-- it also helped the community prepare for a potential disaster.

Several agencies were on hand to exercise the county's Strategic national Stockpile Mass Dispensing Plan, and this event was truly community effort.

8-year old Rachel Boyd was one of more than one hundred Worth Countians who got a flu shot today. "They kind of hurt but you have to take them," she said.

Deleen Barry got one too, in fact she drove through three times, just to make sure her entire family was prepared. "I got my daughter in the back one.. and I got one... and he got one too."

It was the Health Departments first drive thru flu clinic, and organizers say the turnout was great, even in the rain.

"This is so much easier than going and sitting in a waiting room and stuff,"

But the event served more than one purpose, it also helped the county prepare for a disaster.

"For EMA, the health department, and EMS, it gives us the hours in our training needed for our drills each year,"

Since there are 22,000 residents in Worth County, emergency personnel say working together is key. 

"Whenever we have to respond to a disaster..  EMA are the first ones on the scene and they call us, It helped build relationships, too, 

"In the middle of the night when we call..we know them already," said

Phoebe Worth also joined forces for an external emergency drill at the hospital, where they sent mock patients who drove thru to the hospital.

"The hospital is under the impression there is a real disaster, like a car wreck or tornado and they are notified by ems how many patients are coming in,"

And today's event was proof, that Worth cCunty is prepared to handle whatever comes their way.

This is the first time the county has held a self sufficient readiness exercise, meaning they asked for no outside help because in the event of a real disaster they would be the first ones on the scene. 

The CDC recommends individuals six months and older to go ahead and get vaccinated as soon as possible, because flu season arrives in the fall, and peaks in February.

 

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