As of 1:50 p.m. — all flu vaccines have been administered — There are no more to be given to the public at the fairgrounds.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department said a line of cars awaited them when they opened their drive-thru flu clinic Thursday morning.
In the first two hours over 700 vaccines had already been given out and by 11 a.m. over half were gone. The numbers are ahead of what they did the last two years. The Director of Nursing for the Health Department said the difference this year is that they can offer the flu shot to those three and older.
There’s another reason people may be lining up.
"The other thing that I think makes a difference for this year is the flu season hung on longer last year and it was kind of a heavier flu season," explained Director of Nursing Carol Howdyshell. "People remember that. It just seems to be a trend if there’s not a lot of flu activity people think the shot’s not necessary and actually it really is every year."
Thursday’s clinic also is a chance to practice an emergency drill where mass vaccinations would need to be given. Howdyshell said that it allows the different agencies to work on communication.
"This is invaluable experience to this county. It gives us a chance to work with the radios, with law enforcement, with various communications people," said Howdyshell. "We couldn’t do it without the nursing students. It’s practice for them to give injections."
The nursing students helping with the clinic were also encouraged to become part of the county’s medical reserve corps so that in the event of a real life situation they could quickly be called to volunteer.