Drive-thru flu shot clinic in Marshall County also serves as pandemic training

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Cindy Davis is vaccinated during a drive-thru flu shot clinic in Marshall County. (Photo courtesy of WHNT’s Carson Clark)

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)   To the public, Tuesday's drive-thru flu shot clinic at the Marshall County Tech School was just an easy way to get vaccinated.

 When asked why she was participating in the clinic, Cindy Davis said, "To keep from getting the flu."

However, to officials at the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency, it was much more than just a clinic.  It was training.

"It's actually a full scale exercise," said George Harwell with the EMA.  "We are having a pandemic exercise.   To give mass vaccinations to the public in general."

Harwell says if there was ever a widespread outbreak of a disease, whether it be the flu, Ebola or anything else, vaccination clinics like this would be used.   Having people stay in their cars limits the amount of interaction people have with each other, which cuts down on the spread of viruses.

By the time the clinic ended, 808 people had been vaccinated in just six hours.

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