Emergency exercise at Rangeview High School gives health department training, free flu shots for public

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AURORA, Colo. -- The outside of Rangeview High School in Aurora might look like a typical high school to the passerby, but to the Tri-County Health Department, it’s a POD.

That means point of dispensing.

Points of dispensing are places, like high schools, that are set up to rapidly administer medication to a large number of people in case of an emergency.

“The one we’re practicing today, where you have a viral infection that spreads by the respiratory route because it can go like wildfire,” said Dr. John Douglas, Tri-County Health Department executive director.

But as the saying goes, practice makes perfect.

“What you’re looking at is the heart of the operation which is our nursing team and other volunteers actually giving the vaccine,” Douglas said

The Tri-County Health Department is using Rangeview High School for a practical exercise.

People are invited to come by for a free flu shot, which gives the medical personnel “victims” from which to usher in, get medical information, prep and administer medication.

“They’re really helping us a large amount. Without community participation we’d be sitting here twittling our thumbs,” Douglas said.

The one-day training exercise will cost Tri-County $40,000, but it says there is nothing like hands on, and needles in, training.

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