Free flu shots – comming to a traffic jam near you?
Posted by Ed C on Saturday, October 27, 2007
From the Baltimore Sun, Howard County offers free flu shots. The Howard County Heath Department is going to hold another flu shot clinic at Gateway Business Park on Sunday Nov 4th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
I participated in this “emergency-preparedness” exercise last year. The article quotes waiting times last year were 90 minutes. Although I didn’t time it, I’d swear that I waited longer than that. The county is going to try to improve on that this year:
To cut waiting time, which last year was about 90 minutes, the county has separate vaccination sites for adults and families.
Police will direct traffic around Gateway Drive in the Gateway Business Park, off Route 175, which usually is empty on Sundays. Vehicles with adults will be directed to a parking lot at a building containing eight vaccination stations. Vehicles with families will be directed to another office building lot with 15 vaccination stations.
I really support using events like this as preparedness exercises. Last year showed they had some problems and it sound like they are going to address them. In the event of an true emergency like an avian flu out break or other biological event, the experience gained from these types of events could make a difference.
I’ve already received my shot this year, but I you haven’t received yours yet you may want to give this a try. You can’t beat the price and you get to help increase the county’s preparedness to boot.
I just wanted to ask a question that is related to emergency preparedness but is outside of the flu shot clinic.
When we design and build schools and other public buildings, does the county include previsions for converting them into shelters during emergencies?
It seems to me that adding provisions for mobile generators, and possibly heating and cooling units by adding “parking pads”, drive on access to large vehicles and the necessary utility connections would be relatively inexpensive if incorporated into the design and construction of a new building. Hopefully they would never be used, but if required they could make a big difference.