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County testing disease response

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado” The county Oct. 18 will test its ability to respond to a major disease outbreak by trying give 1,000 people flu shots in a short period of time.

“This emergency exercise is real in the sense that we will be vaccinating the public with this season’s flu vaccine,” Public Health Manager Jill Hunsaker said. “We are asking the general public to come by and help us practice this exercise by getting their flu shot.

“Vaccinating a large number of participants is the only way to test the system.”

The exercise will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Berry Creek Middle School (1000 Miller Ranch Rd., Edwards) and Gypsum Elementary School (601 Highway 6, Gypsum). Flu shots are $20 for adults and $5 for children. FluMist nasal drops (a non shot alternative) will also be available.

If an event like a pandemic flu outbreak were to occur, the federal government has a plan to distribute large quantities of vaccine and other medications to states and local health departments, Hunsaker said.

Participants are advised to wear a short sleeved shirt. For more information, call the Eagle County Public Health Department at (970)748-3280.

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