Drive Through Flu Shots?

Pandemic. It’s one of those words we see tossed around without understanding what exactly it means. According to the dictionary in my handy computer, Pandemic is an adjective, “(of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.” Such previous pandemics include the flu outbreak of 1918, which killed between 50 and 100 million people across the world.

Next up? H5N1 Bird Flu, should it cross the avian/human line. Yesterday, though, Stafford county tried something intriguing: drive-thru flu shots. The county gave out 400 free flu shots in a 2 hour window, in a drill that could be a sign of things to come. Could DC pull off a drive-thru flu shot clinic? The Parking Lot at RFK comes to mind, or perhaps several of the single lane one-way streets. But the District’s Influenza plan is strictly traditional, featuring a clinic situation. Can DC do better?

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