July 18, 2009 2:03:31 PM PDT
Volunteers staged a mass exercise Saturday to practice handling a massive swine flu outbreak. The Ft. Bend County Medical Reserve Corps held a first responder swine flu mass vaccination exercise in Rosenberg. The exercise tested the county's ability to set up a mass vaccination clinic and rapidly administer the swine flu vaccine to first responders and their family members during a public health emergency.

"We have a group of volunteers come in and we train to man these points of dispensing," said Mass Vaccination Exercise Coordinator Michael Chance. "So if we ever have to, we can deliver as much medication as we can to the population of the county."

In the event of a public health emergency, the government would deliver vaccinations to the health workers who will then disperse the vaccine to residents at various sites.

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