Flulapalooza, Vanderbilt University going for a Guinness Book Of Records of flu vaccinations.
A mass vaccination drill, dubbed “Flulapalooza” and orchestrated by Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Office of Emergency Preparedness, will be held Oct. 12.
Free flu vaccines will be given to all university and medical center faculty, staff, volunteers and students during the daylong event.
Vanderbilt Student Health is waiving the fee for university students, who are normally charged for their flu shots. Those without a Vanderbilt ID will not be able to receive the vaccine.
Although the official goal of the event is to test the medical center’s emergency mass vaccination plan as if there really were a pandemic, organizers of the event have a second goal: breaking the Guinness world record for the most vaccines of any kind given in an eight-hour period. The record currently stands at 6,217 and is held by Kaiser Permanente. Vanderbilt’s goal is to give 8,000 doses in eight hours.
“The event is a flu exercise scenario to test for mass vaccination capability as if there were a new avian flu strain spreading throughout Asia and into Europe, with cases appearing in the United States,” said Melanie Swift, medical director of the Occupational Health Clinic. “The effort to break the world record is being done to generate excitement and increase participation for the event. Managers can help by directing their staff to attend at staggered times throughout the day.”