Vanderbilt prepares for flu pandemic by giving 15K vaccines in under 1 minute each

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Over 15,000 people got flu vaccinations at Vanderbilt University on Tuesday. It was all part of the school’s Flulapalooza.

The goal is to gather thousands of people and vaccinate each of them in less than a minute.

Dr. Melanie Swift, one of the event organizers, told News 2 it’s an exercise for staff to prepare and train for a flu pandemic.

“We wanted to be prepared to vaccinate our entire campus in the event we needed to urgently for a pandemic,” said Dr. Swift, Director of Occupational Health.

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Doctors say it’s not a matter of if a flu pandemic will hit, but when. The last reported pandemic was the H1N1 virus in 2009.

Workers are testing the process involving the medical center, students, and staff. As a result, thousands got vaccinated for free on Tuesday.

Dr. Swift noted that this year’s vaccine will protect you against four different strains.

Fly season typically peaks in the winter months, but this last flu season, doctors saw cases through May.