Anthrax Vaccine Drill Held At Manhattan School
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A Lower East Side school handed out lifesaving Anthrax vaccinations Saturday as part of a coordinated drill.
Scores of volunteers took part in the Department of Health's drill simulating an Anthrax attack on the city. It's an effort to figure out the best ways of quickly distributing medication to large numbers of New Yorkers.
Organizers say the information learned from the drill will be useful for all sorts of medical emergency scenarios.
"Each and every time we do one of these drills we learn something new," said Department of Health Assistant Commissioner Susan Blank. "Obviously, Anthrax is a hypothetical event. We hope it's something we don't have to deal with. But events do come up. And of course we're worried about flu season. This gives us an opportunity to learn about different ways we can do things faster."
During a major public health emergency or outbreak of disease, the city plans to use sites like schools as hubs for handing out antibiotics or vaccines.