Climbing into a cab in the Windy City got a little bit safer last week thanks to University of Chicago Medicine.
No, the academic medical center didn't offer driving classes for the city's taxi drivers (who Outliers can tell you from experience can offer rather, um, thrilling rides). Instead, a team of vaccinators traveled to O'Hare International Airport on Sept. 25 to offer free flu shots to cabbies.
“I've never had it go so well,” says Jennifer Burns, clinical director of vaccination outreach for University of Chicago Medicine, who headed up the first-time effort. At 8:30 a.m., there were 100 people in line, something they've never seen at traditional locations such as community centers, Burns says. If there was ever a lull, one of the staffers would head over to the cab line, and once one agreed to go, they almost all wanted to go, she says.