Thursday, September 17, 2009

In drive-through, swine flu aid? [Sarasota]

[Sarasota for Vaccination Choice comment: Is this good public health policy? Is this a safe way to deliver vaccines, which are known to have adverse effects on certain individuals?]

By Anna Scott

Published: Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 10:26 p.m.

SARASOTA COUNTY - When the swine flu vaccine arrives next month, Sarasota County residents could have the option of getting a shot without having to get out of their car

In a model developed last year to prevent the elderly from having to wait in long lines, drive-though flu shot clinics are being looked at as a way to distribute the new vaccine conveniently enough to encourage people to get the shot, said Dianne Shipley, a director with the county health department in charge of the vaccination drive.

The county held the season's first drive-though clinic for seasonal flu shots Wednesday at St. Thomas More church. About 150 people showed up, more than last year's record. Similar clinics will be set up in parking lots around the county through next month.

To distribute the swine flu vaccine to one of the highest risk groups -- school-age children -- officials also plan to set up vaccine clinics at all the public schools. For middle and high school students, vaccines will be given so long as students show a permission slip signed by their parents. In elementary schools students will be required to be accompanied by a parent.


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