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Flulapalooza returns for mass-vaccinations at Vanderbilt

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Thousands of people were rolling up their sleeves to get a flu shot Wednesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in the return of the so-called "Flulapalooza."

Organizers have been planning the massive undertaking for months, as they seek to make sure the people who care for others in the hospital are protected against the flu.

It's the third year for the Flulapalooza event, where the goal is to get you in and out in five minutes.

Not only are hospital staff vaccinating employees and students, but they are also using the event as practice in the case they would ever need to vaccinate a large group of people against a new strain of a virus.

"We have a plan to do that, but it needs to be tested. The best way to be tested is to give a large number of people a vaccine, and the flu vaccine lets us do that," said Dr. Melanie Swift, director of the Occupational Health Clinic.

In 2011, the mass flu clinic set a new world record for the total number of vaccinations given within eight hours to 12,600 people.

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