Don’t forget to get your (drive through) flu shot

“Instead of fast food, it was fast flu shots Friday for hundreds of motorists converging on drive-through vaccination clinics at community colleges in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

“At Moorpark College, about 100 cars idled in the morning chill, snaking around orange traffic cones as drivers inched to the front of the line. Over the next four hours, nurses there administered more than 500 doses of flu vaccine. At College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, 1,076 people were vaccinated, said Deborah Davenport, a director of community services for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

“‘It’s free and I get to stay in my car,’ said Summer Healthcote, her 7-year-old son, Andrew, strapped into a booster seat in the back of a green Suburban at the Moorpark campus. ‘I couldn’t pass it up.’

“But public health officials said the one-day exercise wasn’t designed to cater to Southern California’s time-strapped, car-crazed culture. If the drive-through concept proves successful, they said, it could become the model for speedily inoculating entire cities in the event of a deadly pandemic or bioterrorism.”
Drive-through flu shots test ways to speedily deliver vaccines, LAT, November 17, 2007

This is pretty cool, they should always do this. Gee, why wait for a tularemia outbreak to use this system? In more mundane matters: here’s where you can find flu shots, though not of the drive through genus.

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