6:48 PM - Mandatory Mass Flu Vaccinations Drills Begin
Flu Pandemic Drills for Mass Flu Vaccinations Begin in the U.S. Targeting Children in Schools
According to The Daily Reporter out of Coldwater, Michigan, the local health agency simulated a flu pandemic using 300 students at Bronson Junior/Senior High School. Community Health Agency (CHA) Health Officer Rebecca Burns stated that this drill was the first actual live exercise [minus the injecting of students] in the past five or six years according to the article.
"I wanted to reach giving 1,000 shots an hour" explained CHA Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Jim Cook.
CHA Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Jim Cook explained that the program is part of the requirements the health department must complete to comply with and test federal emergency preparedness response requirements, and to qualify for grants. The drill saw the students herded into the gym, processed and treated to a simulated administration of a flu vaccine.
Meanwhile, two months earlier, Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City, Utah was also busy executing one of the largest full-scale flu pandemic disaster drill scenarios ever performed in Southern Utah.