Thomas Jefferson Health District Offers Free Flu Shots at Greene Exercise

Novmeber 12, 2014

(Ruckersville, VA) — Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD) staff once again will test their capacity to respond to a major public health event by providing free flu shots in Greene. Thanks to a partnership with the County of Greene and the Greene County Schools, the exercise will be held at the Greene County Technical Education Center at 10415 Spotswood Trail, Stanardsville, VA 22973 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18.The vaccine is available to anyone who is at least three years of age at no charge.

“This flu shot clinic is the perfect time for us to test our ability to respond to public health emergencies while also providing our residents with the opportunity to get vaccinated against the flu,” said Ryan McKay, TJHD Emergency Planner.

The exercise, including the flu vaccine, is funded through the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, which is responsible for responding to any emergency impacting public health through preparation, collaboration, education and rapid intervention. Exercises such as this contribute to the local health department’s ability to provide widespread access to vaccine during public health emergencies.

The clinic will help TJHD test three different competencies related to emergency preparedness and response:

  1. Managing a large scale public health event
  2. Testing patient and clinic flow
  3. Administering vaccines in an efficient and timely manner