Flu shot clinic termed ‘a success’

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Jenn Hart (right) provides encouragement to her four-year-old daughter, Janessa, as she receives a flu shot from Marcy Greaves during a drive thru flu clinic last week at the Carroll County Fairgrounds.

By Carol McIntire Editor Officials with the Carroll County Health Department are excited about the community response to the drive thru flu clinic last week. “I am very pleased with the community support and participant turnout during our first annual drive-thru flu shot clinic,” said Carroll County Health Commissioner Leann Cline.

The event was also utilized as a test to the county’s preparedness to meet the response to a community emergency.

“It was extremely exciting to see public health staff and Medical Reserve Corps. volunteers exercising their public health emergency response training and testing our health district’s current emergency response capabilities.  This type of preparedness is an on-going, year-round activity that the health district conducts within Carroll County and the Northeast Ohio Region.”

Nurses from Alliance Community Hospital, Carroll Health Care Center, Carroll County Board of Health and Carroll County General Health District (Health Department) administered flu shots to 175 adults and children (over 4 years of age). The clinic included a stop at an American Red Cross station and a drug take back tent.

At the Red Cross tent, residents learned about that agency’s Operation Save-a-Life program and had the opportunity to sign up to receive a free smoke detector and have it installed by Red Cross personnel.

Fifty residents signed up to receive smoke detectors.  The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office collaborated and participated in Drug Take Back Day to help prevent pill abuse and theft. Staff were on site to collect expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

“It was great to network with community partners for this event,” said Susie Frew, who heads up public education at the health department and greeted county residents as they arrived. “Residents were very positive and appreciative we were offering the drive thru clinic.

Everyone who came through received a goodie bag filled with health information as our way of saying thanks.” Cline said the clinic was also a learning experience for the department.

“As an agency, we experienced a lot of great milestones during the clinic but there were some lessons learned that will ultimately enable us to plan more efficiently and effectively for public health emergencies, which was our main goal for the event,” she said. “I want to give a huge thank you to all the staff, volunteers, community partners, and the various individuals that made this event possible.  Had this been a true public health emergency, I am confident the Carroll County Health District, its volunteers, and community partners would have been able to keep Carroll County residents safe.”

Other agencies which collaborated for the event include: Alliance Community Hospital, Carroll County EMA, Carroll County Senior Fair Board, Carroll County Medical Reserve Corps, Carroll County Senior Friendship Center, Coalition for a Drug Free Carroll County, Deluxe Body Shop, EMT Ambulance and Leppo Rents.

American Red Cross personnel secured and assembled lunches for workers with food donated by Ponderosa Steakhouse, Thorne’s Marketplace, Wood’s Grocery, Minerva Cheese, Chiavari’s Bakery, Kishman’s IGA and Green Farms.