Emergency Responders Hold Measles Drill at EMU

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- Eastern Mennonite University and the Virginia Department of Health teamed up to fight a disease that can be deadly in some cases.

Kari King is a freshman at Eastern Mennonite University and was suddenly stopped when leaving the University Commons Building.

"This is was absolutely what i was trying to avoid today. My only goal today was to not run into these people," laughed King.

King thought...Why would I do this?

"I don't get sick that often anyways. So i really don't go to the doctor that much, except for other weird stuff. But i don't do this real thing in real life either. So I really don't know what I am doing in either situation," King said.

Once King was roped in,she started to go on a journey. She was given a card and a scenario. At each station, she was asked for her card and emergency workers asked questions.

"You might have been exposed to this or whatever and then they asked me about, what type of allergies i had or didn't have and since i was older i can give them consent to give me the vaccine," said King.

Don't worry. The fake vaccine was nothing like a regular shot. She was given a orange sticker to put on her arm.

"It was really simple. It didn't hurt that much. It's still there," said King.

After going through the many stations, they end up at the education station. King was surprised with information she received.

"I didn't know that measles was like...A big deal so...I guess that's kind of good to be aware of," King said.

In the end, King didn't hate the journey. She thinks she's better prepared for the future.

"I think it would be helpful, if this was an actual situation. I think it would be really helpful to have this thing set up," said King.

King and many others were able to go through the process. If you would like to learn more on drills and events like this, go to this website.

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