Drive-Thru Swine Flu Shots Served in Champaign

Just like the fast food purveyors the program is modeled after, drive-through H1N1 vaccines could spread

By Andrew Greiner
|  Monday, Nov 30, 2009  |  Updated 10:53 AM EDT
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Would you like fries with that swine flu shot?

Sounds silly, but health officials in Champaign, Illinois, are serious about the effectiveness of their drive-through H1N1 vaccine program, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The town employed the first drive-through vaccinations on Nov. 21, and they managed to inoculate more than 450 people. That’s a lot more than the 300 people an average clinic in Chicago can handle, and none of the Champaign residents even had to leave their car.

Just like the fast food purveyors the program is modeled after, drive-through H1N1 vaccines could spread.

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta have highlighted the Champaign-Urbana program as a model for success.

The kudos are the culmination of a years-long initiative to implement a city wide pandemic preparedness plan in Champaign.

In 2007 the CDC gave the city a grant to develop a plan that could bring together every public entity, including police, coroner, sheriff, University and public health officials in the event of a large scale health problem.

H1N1 provided the prefect proving ground. 
 

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