September 27, 2012

Family Mass Vaccination exercise set for Sept. 29

Vanderbilt employees with children between 4 and 14 will participate in a free four-hour Family Mass Vaccination exercise on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at One Hundred Oaks. Only those who registered ahead of time can participate. Registration is now closed.

About 10 vaccination stations will run simultaneously. Supervised Nursing and Pharmacy students from area universities with an affiliation agreement with Vanderbilt will administer the immunizations.

“Vanderbilt is a worksite point of distribution partner with the Metro Public Health Department, and this encompasses a vaccination pool of 60,000 people which includes Vanderbilt faculty, staff, their family members and Vanderbilt students,” said Pam Hoffner, MSN, R.N., director of the VUMC Department of Emergency Preparedness.

“We had a very successful flu campaign last year with the Flulapalooza event for our staff, faculty and students,” Hoffner said. “During that event we administered a total of 14,082 flu vaccines and achieved a Guinness World Record for most vaccinations given during an eight-hour period. While that event was very successful, its focus was on vaccinating faculty, staff and students.

“This exercise allows us to test the family member vaccination component and determine how it would be scaled to vaccinate 60,000 people during a public health emergency,” she said, adding that employees with children younger than 4 and older than 14 should connect with their provider regarding flu vaccinations for those children.

Organizers of the event are reminding participants to wear short sleeves or sleeveless shirts if possible. If you’re wearing a jacket, make sure it’s one that can be taken off for the inoculation.

All Vanderbilt faculty and staff will also have the opportunity to receive the flu vaccine at Flulapalooza 2, Oct. 17, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., held under a tent between Light Hall and the VA Campus. A valid Vanderbilt ID is needed to receive the vaccine. More information will be provided closer to the event.