Duke system begins 24-hour flu vaccination blitz

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 1:42 PM

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke University Health System hopes to vaccinate 10,000 health-care workers against the flu in a 24-hour blitz that also includes staff at other hospitals, clinics and health departments. 

The vaccine blitz began Wednesday morning at Duke University Hospital, along with hospitals in Raleigh, health departments in Wake and Durham counties and clinics in Durham. Duke last year vaccinated 8,000 of its workers in Raleigh and Durham.  

Some clinics used up their vaccines on patients and weren't able to participate Wednesday so Duke officials say they may not meet the 10,000-worker goal.  

Duke also uses the blitz to test its ability to handle a mass vaccination if an outbreak of the disease occurred.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone 6 months and older be vaccinated.
 

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