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Health Department to Give 1,000 Free Flu Shots

Thursday October 26, 2006

Event to test ability to give mass immunizations in an emergency

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 26, 2006) The Louisville Metro Health Department will give 1,000 free flu shots at a special drive-through event beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 30th at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. 

“The event will test the Health Department’s ability to provide mass inoculations to the community in case of a pandemic, a bioterrorism exposure, or other such emergency situation,” said Metro Health Director Dr. Adewale Troutman.

Shots will be available to adults age 18 and older. Event participants do not need to be at high risk for complications from the flu. People should come to Gate 1 at Phillips Lane and Freedom Way no earlier than 10 a.m. Participants will be able stay in their cars as they get a flu shot.  More than one person in a car will be able to get a shot. No other gates will be open to the event and police will not allow cars to line up before 10 a.m.
 
The shots are from a special vaccine allotment specifically for the emergency exercise. After 1,000 shots are given, the exercise will conclude and no more shots will be given at the event.

The announcement came at a news conference held at the Health Department this morning.  Health officials also stated that there should be adequate supplies of flu vaccine this season. The CDC estimates as many as 115 million doses will be available nationwide.
 
Vaccine, however, is being shipped in staged allotments and many providers have not yet received their full order. Flu shots should be widely available to the general public in the next few weeks.

“We expect that everyone who wants to get a flu shot this year should be able to get one,” said Health Department Medical Director Dr. Matt Zahn. “Getting a shot in November or even December is sufficient time to protect you from the flu,” said Zahn.