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Health officials give out flu vaccine as part of statewide exercise

Posted: 5:37 AM, Oct 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-09 06:37:28-04

TULSA - Health departments across the state are participating in exercises this week while also working to make sure you don't get the flu this season.

Rogers County will run through the exercises Wednesday which are designed to test Oklahoma’s ability to respond to a public health emergency.

Tulsa County held its practice run Tuesday at Oral Roberts University.

Health officials administered hundreds of flu vaccines at no cost to the public.

They also tested their ability to respond and provide mass immunizations in the event an emergency like this happened such as an infectious disease outbreak or bio-hazardous threat.

“We are testing our capability to bring all of our equipment out on trucks," Leanne Stephens, Tulsa Health Department's Public Information Officer, said. "We are bringing in the refrigerators to hold the vaccine at a cold temperature. We are bringing in all of the forms, paperwork, all of the medical supplies from the band aids to the syringes, to the pens that people need to fill out those forms.”

The state put their exercises to the test when H1N1 swept across the US in 2009.

The health department set up multiple sites across Tulsa County to give out the flu vaccine at a rapid pace.

The Rogers County Health Department will run through the exercises, administering flu vaccines from 10 am until 2 pm at the Claremore Expo Center or until supplies run out.

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