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Decatur Co. drives through the flu

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - These days we can take care of almost any errand without stepping out of our car. Picking up food, depositing a check, and now getting a flu shot.

Friday's event served two main purposes. "It gives us a way to test out how feasible different sites are in our community for mass administration of vaccines or whatever may need to happen in the event of any kind of emergency," said Public Health Nurse Thea Burke.

At Bainbridge College, health department representatives administered flu shots to folks young and old.

This was the Fourth Annual Decatur County Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic. "Each location you know we have little kinks we have to work out, but it's good to get those kinks worked out now than to have a real disaster and try to work them out," said Decatur County Fire Chief Charlie McCann.

Health officials say these days people really can not afford to get sick. "A lot of people, they don't like to get stuck and I can't blame them, but getting the flu is a terrible thing. You miss work. There's a whole lot of cost involved with being sick period," said Burke.

Emergency personnel say these preparedness drills will help keep panic levels to a minimum. "Instead of it being a spur of the moment thing and trying to figure out and get locations, we've already got them pre-designated and we already have a lay out how we can work these things and already have a general idea how everything will work," said McCann.

While you can never expect the worst, the Southwest Public Health District is doing their best to prepare for it.

Below is a list of flu and emergency preparedness websites.

www.flu.gov

www.ready.ga.gov

www.ready.gov

www.beprepared.com

www.redcross.org
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