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Drive-through flu clinic Sunday in South Deerfield

SOUTH DEERFIELD — People will be able to strengthen their immune system from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Yankee Candle Way.

Towns in southern Franklin County will host a drive-thru emergency dispensing site, where free flu shots and flu mist will be provided to people age 6 months or older. The clinic is open to everyone, including nonresidents of the four towns.

The flu clinic is training for a health emergency when a vaccine has to be distributed quickly to a large number of people.

“We’re training our community how to respond in an event,” said Carolyn Shores Ness, a member of the Deerfield Select Board and Board of Health.

Ninety volunteers, who met this week at the Deerfield Town Hall to prepare, will help out during the drill along with local police and emergency medical technicians.

For eight years, volunteers from Conway, Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately have organized the flu shot clinic which began with funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2005.

Each year, the state Department of Public Health donates to the clinic 1,000 doses of flu vaccine worth $30,000.

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