Richland County flu vaccination clinic doubles as training exercise (OH)
Fred Ross receives a flu shot from public health nurse JoAnn Blackburn on Friday at the Richland County Fairgrounds. DAVE POLCYN/NEWS JOURNAL
MANSFIELD -- The Mansfield/Ontario/Richland County Health Department's first flu vaccination clinic of the year Friday doubled as a training exercise, said Mary Derr, public health nursing supervisor.
"If we had an anthrax or influenza scare and needed to get everyone in the county immunized, we want to be able to do everyone in 48 hours," Derr said.
"Last year the wait time was eight minutes," Derr said. "We hope to improve on that even more this year and just become this very well-oiled machine."
Derr said all of Friday's operations would work through a chain of command with the incident commander at the top.
"The benefit of having just this one person at the top is that you'll have everyone on the same page," she said. "Then every couple of hours, we'll have our outside and inside coordinators giving our incident commander reports on how everything is going. From there, we decide what's working, what's not and what needs to be changed."
Several volunteers assisted at the fairgrounds, including nearly 20 from the Ohio Military Reserves.
"It went great last year, and that's why we're back," Lt. Col. Elvin Burnell said. "We'll be in charge of maintaining traffic and security. If there really was a pandemic, you'd have a lot of pretty excited people. Our presence alone is a deterrent in itself to keep order."
Registered Nurse Amy Jerger said Friday's exercise was conducted under regulations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"FEMA trains everyone to speak the same language so communication doesn't break down," Jerger said. "This really isn't a matter of 'if' we're preparing for a major disaster, it's about 'when.' We could have a terrorist attack at any time and the health department has to be prepared to serve this county."
David Baxter and his brother Will attended the clinic and were aware of the drill.
"Like any sport, practice is only going to make you better," said Will, 29. "I think the drill is a great idea."
Richard Ruth, 74, of Mansfield, said he has been getting a flu shot for 10 years.
"Today went great," Ruth said. "Everyone was so polite and there was hardly any wait at all. Plus there was someone there waiting to catch me in case I passed out."
His wife, Mary, said the only wait was filling out the required paperwork.
"The whole thing was so smooth," she said. "This is the fastest place we've ever been to."
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