OSF conducts flu vaccination drill

By WEEK Producer

October 1, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:16 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A local hospital is testing its ability to handle a major disease outbreak.

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center is conducting its first-ever mass vaccination drill.

The scenario is a flu outbreak, and the hospital must give the vaccine to its employees as quickly as possible.

OSF officials set a goal to administer the flu shot to its 6,400 employees in 42 hours, a task they say usually takes 5 months.

In the event of an outbreak, they say protecting their own would be the first priority.

"If our hospital can't continue to provide that healthcare, then what happens to our patients that are in here now and our future patients seeking healthcare?" asked Troy Erbentraut, manager of disaster preparedness. "So, we need to protect staff members so we can provide healthcare."

After OSF staff is vaccinated, members would then assist the public health department with public safety.

Monday's drill began at 6 a.m. and will conclude at midnight.

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