August 22, 2017

Volunteers needed for Sept. 27 Flulapalooza

What do 16,000 Band Aids, 72 bottles of hand gel, 36 flat sheets, 30 trash cans, two wheel chairs, one crash cart and a 140' x 40' tent signal?

It’s Flulapalooza time!

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is gearing up for the seventh annual mass influenza vaccination event set for Sept. 27 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the area between Light Hall and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.

Faculty, staff, students and volunteers from the Medical Center and Vanderbilt University are encouraged to secure a flu shot during the 12-hour event.

While preparations are underway, organizers are seeking more than 300 volunteers to serve as vaccinators, vaccinator helpers, documenters and patient greeters to work either a two-hour or four-hour shift. All employees can participate as volunteers and should receive prior approval from their supervisor before volunteering for shifts.

Registration information can be found here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080949abad2fabf85-flulapalooza

Flulapalooza began in 2011 as a way to test the Medical Center’s emergency mass vaccination plan and has evolved into an efficient way to assure Vanderbilt’s employees, patients, students and volunteers are protected from the flu. During the first year the Medical Center became the Guinness World Records holder for the most vaccinations given in one location in an 8-hour period administering 12,850 flu shots.

The total number of vaccinations given during Flulapalooza 2016 was 14,165.