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Mass Vaccination Clinics a Success

Giving up part of their weekend, more than 130 people from Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC) and the Public Health Reserve Corps (PHRC) conducted two mass influenza vaccination clinics on November 20, 2010. Around 1,250 clinic visitors received this important vaccine during the three hours the clinic sites were open.
Mass Vaccination Clinics a Success

Mass influenza vaccination clinic, photo courtesy Public Health - Seattle & King County. Photographed by Michael Loehr.

December 3, 2010


Giving up part of their weekend, more than 130 people from Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC) and the Public Health Reserve Corps (PHRC) conducted two mass influenza vaccination clinics on November 20, 2010. The clinics took place at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington, and Parkwood Elementary School in Shoreline, Washington.

Volunteers provided not only seasonal flu vaccinations, but logistical support and health education for clinic visitors. Clinic visitors received a vaccine designed to protect against the influenza viruses expected to be in circulation during the impending “flu season."

Around 1,250 clinic visitors received this important vaccine during the three hours the clinic sites were open. The clinic’s organizers made a special—and largely successful—effort to encourage attendance from King County residents who were elderly, low income, or in a minority group.

Clinic signage was provided in five languages. Printed health information was available in 22 languages, and on-site translators were available for the vast majority of non-English speaking visitors.  

In addition to protecting people who might not have otherwise been vaccinated, the clinic also served as a drill that gave the PHSKC and PHRC volunteers an opportunity to practice and improve their vaccination procedures.

Randy Beaton, PhD, EMT and a NWCPHP faculty member, served as an evaluator at the Parkwood Elementary site.  When asked about the event, he said, “There were countless examples of effective teamwork, problem solving and collaboration. In my judgment, the professionalism and training of the PHSKC staff and the dedication and motivation of the volunteers made this event a success.”

 

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