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Flu shot clinic breaks record

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Registered nurse Kathy Merrill gives a flu shot on Saturday at Douglas High School during the drive-through clinic.
Shannon Litz | The Record-Courier

An annual flu shot clinic at Douglas High School hit a personal best on Saturday with 1,804 inoculations.

East Fork Fire District Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said that during the busiest time from 10-11 a.m., 489 were people vaccinated.

“This is over eight people per minute obtaining a shot,” Fogerson said.

The clinic was conducted by the East Fork Fire & Paramedic Districts, serving as Douglas County Emergency Management, Carson City Health and Human Services and the Douglas County Healthcare Coalition with 110 volunteers representing more than 10 agencies.

“The flu clinic is conducted as a point of dispensing exercise to test emergency preparedness organizations’ ability to deliver medications to the masses in event of a pandemic,” Fogerson said.

This year’s flu shot protects against four strains of the disease, he said.

“The hope is to create a healthier community that decreases the reliance upon emergency medicine to treat common ailments,” Fogerson said. “The planning team was comprised of representatives from the Douglas County Healthcare Coalition.”

He said the planning team set a goal of 350 people per hour to be vaccinated. Immunizations were given by a mix of Carson City/Douglas County Community Health nurses, volunteer nurses from Carson Valley Medical Center, Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, and the Medical Reserve Corps, along with firefighter/paramedics from East Fork.

Douglas County Community Health, managed by Carson City Health and Human Services, offers flu shots for anyone who missed the flu clinic. Immunizations are given on a sliding scale based upon ability to pay or the individual’s insurance is billed. The Community Health Clinic is located at 1538 Highway 395 in the Stratton Center with hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, walk-in or by appointment. The walk-in Immunization Clinic is Monday afternoon 1-4:30 p.m. They are at Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DCCommunityHealth.

“As we enter the cooler months, residents are encouraged to prepare for the upcoming winter by changing the batteries in their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors,” Fogerson said. “Carbon monoxide poisoning is a common winter complaint and mimics the symptoms of the flu. You should also prepare a home emergency kit that will allow you to be self-sufficient for 72 hours. Visit http://www.ready.gov for more information.”

East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts provides fire and ambulance service in Douglas County outside of the Tahoe Basin. Under contract, it also serves as emergency management for Douglas County. East Fork provides all-hazard fire and paramedic medical response more than 5,500 times annually to the Carson Valley and Topaz communities through a network of five career stations and eight volunteer fire stations. To learn more, visit http://www.eastforkfire.org

Carson City Health and Human Services operates the Douglas County Community Health under contract and is delegated the responsibility for public health preparedness within Carson, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties. They work with city, county and state agencies, as well as community partners, to develop plans to respond to natural or man-made public health emergencies. To learn more visit http://www.gethealthycarsoncity.org

The Douglas County Healthcare Coalition is a collection of healthcare providers within the community that meets to discuss issues and opportunities to partner. This includes better relationships to prepare for an emergency between the various facilities. Member organizations include 911 Dispatch, the fire districts, hospitals, public and behavioral health agencies, our senior care facilities, skilled nursing facility and other community groups.