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Niagara County Department of Health and Niagara County Community College Plan Emergency Exercise

Author: SuperUser Account/Monday, October 28, 2013/Categories: General

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On November 1, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Niagara County Department of Health Division of Planning and Emergency Preparedness will conduct a Mass Point of Dispensing and flu vaccination exercise in conjunction with the Niagara County Community College officials and students.  The exercise comprises a two-part drill in which simulated antibiotics will be dispensed using a modified Head of Household model, and a second component whereby real influenza vaccine will be administered.  Student, faculty and other designated representatives will pick up simulated antibiotics for entire classrooms and departments. While fully engaging the College student body and staff, this innovative rendition of the Head of Household Dispensing Model minimizes disruption of classes and allows for college continuity of operations. “ It is important to test capabilities to cover the entire college in the most expeditious means possible during disasters and infectious disease events before the disaster actually happens,” stated Public Health Director, Daniel Stapleton.   “These exercises require meticulous planning and coordination, as well as the participation of and expertise of all health department divisions,” added Mr. Stapleton. 

The Niagara County Department of Health shares a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Niagara County Community College for the college to serve as a mass dispensing site for the Federal Strategic National Stockpile of Medications and Medical supplies.  The MOU designates the college to serve as a community Point of Dispensing site, as well as a mechanism to assure the health and safety of staff and students during disasters that threaten public health.

Niagara County is seeking public involvement in the flu vaccination component of the exercise. Free influenza vaccine provided by the New York State Department of Health is available for individuals 19 and older from 1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m., in the second floor cafeteria of the Student Center, Building G.  This is a good opportunity for uninsured individuals to receive flu vaccine at no cost. People seeking free flu shots must register online at and should arrive fifteen minutes prior to their scheduled appointment times. Please contact 716-439-7439 with questions regarding flu pre-registration.


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