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Flu shot clinic in Copper Country draws 1,000 people

Western U.P. Health Department staged annual event

September 27, 2011
By GARRETT NEESE , Houghton Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - About 1,000 people got an early jump on staying healthy during flu season Saturday at Hancock Central High School.

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department held its annual flu shot clinic last weekend.

The clinics are set up for brisk processing, with paperwork and shots done in five minutes. That's by design, said Guy St. Germain, WUPHD health officer/executive officer.

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Frank Gourneau of Twin Lakes gets a flu shot from Gogebic Community College nursing student Heidi Hietala during a flu shot clinic at Hancock High School Saturday. The Western U.P. Health Department held the clinic in conjunction with Portage Health and Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Garrett Neese)

"The point of these clinics is to set up a situation that would mimic what we would do in an emergency if we had to do a mass distribution for all our residents," he said.

The health department partnered with Portage Health and Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital for Saturday's clinic. They also partnered with local hospitals for clinics in Baraga County on Saturday and a clinic is set for 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 1 at the Ontonagon K-12 School.

The turnout at Hancock was down slightly over previous years, but not by much, St. Germain said.

The health department also does a drive-by clinic, which is convenient for people who are less mobile, St. Germain said.

Julie Ross of Chassell received the shot Saturday, as did her daughters Abby, 8, and Lily, 4.

"We thought we'd do it early, before everybody gets sick," she said.

Abby and Lily had the same response: "It hurts."

Frank Gourneau of Twin Lakes appreciates the convenience.

"We've been coming here for many years now," he said. "It's the best way to go. No hassle, especially for seniors. Walk in and you're done."



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