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Community, volunteers made fall H1N1 clinic a success

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By The Staff

To the editor:

On Nov. 14, the doors of La Grange Baptist Church opened wide to a long line of children, families and adults at risk for the H1N1 influenza virus. These doors were opened wide to the Oldham County community so that they could receive the H1N1 Influenza vaccine. 

As the new director of public health for all Oldham County residents, I would like to extend a big thank you to the following agencies who contributed their time, personnel and expertise in making this community offering a success – the Oldham County Sheriff’s Office, Oldham County EMTs and Paramedics, Oldham County Emergency Management and the Oldham County Health Department. 

These agencies consist of people who are our friends, neighbors, family and colleagues. 

On behalf of the OCHD staff, it was truly an honor to collaborate and serve along side these agencies as professionals in this effort which greatly benefited our community.

Additionally, the Oldham County Medical Reserve Corps volunteers were asked to respond to the needs of our county and they too stepped up to help. The MRC consists of registered nurses and pharmacists who donated their time and experience to the cause. Last but not least are the passionate and caring men and women of La Grange Baptist Church who demonstrated such overwhelming hospitality towards all. Their facility uniquely enabled us to plan the vaccination clinic as efficiently as possible which included separating adults and children, serving those with special needs and providing privacy as needed. This facility also assisted the tireless work of our health department staff in the safe planning and delivery of vaccine.

Thanks to all residents who attended the vaccine offering. It was designed with you in mind so you could have access to the H1N1 vaccine on a Saturday, outside of general business hours. Those who attended and waited with restless children were so very patient and understood our desire to deliver the safest care possible in a mass clinic environment.

We are still offering the H1N1 vaccine on Tuesdays and Wednesdays here at the Oldham County Health Department. It is not too late to be protected from the H1N1 Influenza virus.

Teresa Gamsky R.N., OCHD Director of Public Health