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Monday, October 29, 2007

815 Vaccinated in Flu Clinics

The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) announced today that 815 residents received their flu shots earlier this month at the Health District’s flu clinics.

The Health District collaborated with various town departments including police, fire, parks and recreation, EMS, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), as well as its own volunteers in the large-scale event.

“We plan these large clinics, not only to provide quick and easy access to our residents, but also to train our staff and volunteers on handling large-scale emergencies,” said Sue Jacozzi, Director of Health. “We are very pleased with the numbers this year. People realize the importance of being prepared.”

WWHD nurses vaccinated 526 persons at Westport’s Bedford Middle School on Oct. 20 with an average time of six minutes per person spent from their entry to the clinic to their exit. A second flu clinic took place at the Norfield Church,Weston where 289 residents were vaccinated.

Besides providing flu shots to prevent seasonal flu, the goal of this mass vaccination clinic was to assess the efficiency of WWHD’s pandemic flu plan, identify any challenges that might arise, and secure the delivery of the vaccines in a prompt manner with the aim of preserving the public’s health in a public health emergency, a District announcement said.

The next flu clinic will take place Nov. 8 at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Future clinics will be scheduled based on availability of vaccine. For more information about future clinics, visit the District Web site athttp://www.wwhd.org “> http://www.wwhd.org , or call the flu hotline at (203)227-9571 Ext. 239.

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