The Macon County Health Department sponsored their annual drive-thru flu shot clinic on Tuesday at the Macon County Fairgrounds. Health Department Administrator Judy Rushton, R.N., said that the day started out a little slow when they opened at 8 a.m., but soon there was a steady crowd of people driving in to receive their yearly flu shot.
"At the end of the day, I got my flu shot and that made our total number 190," said Rushton. "It was down slightly from last year's total of 228, but I am happy with today's turnout."
Rushton said that this year the new 20-member Macon County Volunteer Corps helped with setting up the clinic.
This was also the first time that two new portable medical stations were used.
"We were able to purchase them through an Emergency Planning Grant," said Rushton. "The portable stations can also be used to set up a medical shelter in case of an epidemic or disaster."
A new Salvation Army Canteen was at the Fairgrounds on Tuesday to provide food for the volunteers. The canteen was under the direction of Lt. Brian Bump of the Kirksville Salvation Army.
The new canteen was purchased through a request from the Northeast Missouri Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee. RHSOC is one of nine committees in the state. The unit can be used to assist with disasters or to help firefighters or law enforcement personnel.
"We were glad to see the funding for the new canteen come to the local level," said Rushton. "Often it is decided by someone else where the money will go."
Rushton said that the Macon County Health Department will be hosting a clinic day today (Wednesday) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for anyone who wants a flu shot.
Individuals may also walk-in during those hours during the department's regular office days, Monday through Friday.
"Our first shipment was 400 doses," said Rushton. "If we run out we will be able to get more vaccine quickly, there is no shortage of flu shot vaccine this year."