Flu shot clinics continue in Milam
Rockdale area residents who lined up to get flu shots at the KC Hall on Friday, the first of several clinics offered by the county health department, probably didn’t realize they were helping ward off a “disaster.”
A swine f lu “epidemic” had struck Rockdale, shutting down businesses and cutting school attendance by 50 percent.
It was just a drill, of course, as Milam County Public Health Preparedness and Milam County Emergency Management merged to test their capabilities for dealing with a real health emergency in a “functional exercise.”
The crisis was fake but the shots were real.
“Conducting an annual functional exercise is a state mandate and a requirement for emergency management program grants,” Susan Reinders, emergency management preparedness coordinator, said.
Several dozen agencies in all Milam County towns were notified of the drill which tested communications, preparedness, participation, medical supplies management and distribution and emergency center operations mamagement.
CLINICS—More f lu shot clinics, without the added drama, have been scheduled by the health department as follows:
• 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 20), Bea’s Kitchen, Cameron.
• 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 5, Milano Community Center.
• 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 12, Thorndale Senior Citizens Center.
The clinics are for all persons wanting an adult flu vaccine dose.
Flu shots are free to Medicare Part B recipients (bring your card) and will be priced at $20 to others, unless covered by insurance, according to the health department.