Fighting the Flu with Vaccinations

by Brittany Shannon on October 7, 2010 at 6:09 am

With thousands of people rolling through the Muskingum County Fairgrounds to get their flu shots Thursday, it gives medical staff a chance to practice in the event of a pandemic.

180 volunteer and paid medical staff worked at the fairgrounds Thursday. All Muskingum County residents could receive free shots at any of three locations including Ohio University Zanesville and the Dresden Fire Department.

"The more we practice each year, the better we get, the more efficient we get and people are going through the lines very quickly," says Crystal Bebout, Executive Director of Rambo Health Center.

Workers give thousands of flu vaccinations throughout the day, which is good practice in the event of an outbreak.

"So if this ever does happen and we come into a pandemic for instance last year with the H1N1, if something like that would happen and we’d need to vaccinate the community, we would have this all worked out and we could come and do our jobs and get the community vaccinated very quickly," says Bebout.

Flu shots at the fairgrounds began at 7 a.m. and ends at 7 tonight . Anyone who missed their opportunity today, can go to Rambo Health Center for their free flu vaccine starting tomorrow from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.