Wiregrass students help administer vaccinations

September 10, 2012

Valdosta Campus Nurses
Wiregrass students and faculty pose for a photo with the Irwin County Health Department employees. Back row: Latosha Watson from ICHD, Wiregrass students Tim Meriweather, and Tripp Tank, Bridgette Harper from ICHD. Middle row: Rhonda Mixon from ICHD, Wiregrass students Breana King, and Mary Beth Kinchen; Wiregrass instructor Charlene Faulkner; Wiregrass students Christy Roberson, Natalie Lott, and Monroe Blevins; Laverne Tucker from ICHD. Front row: Lea McMillan from ICHD, Wiregrass instructor Pamela Huffstuttler; Wiregrass students Heather Chaney, Kasey Smith, Luke Frazier, Mandy Bostic, Misty Jones, and Cassandra Hancock.

Fitzgerald, GA— Wiregrass Ben Hill-Irwin Campus students recently assisted the Irwin County Health Department in administering flu and HPV vaccines for students, faculty, and staff. The Med Surg IV class, due to graduate in December, were able to obtain continued competency in giving injections and expand their knowledge base about the reason the vaccines are given. There were a total of 19 flu vaccines and 16 HPV vaccines administered over the course of two hours and the majority of those were administered by the students with instructor over-site. The HPV vaccine is usually given in a series of 3 and is provided to individuals from ages 9-26, male and female. The flu vaccine may be given to individuals from the age of 6 months forward. A repeat clinic will be offered next month at Wiregrass for individuals to receive the second HPV injection. The flu vaccine will be offered for those who did not have a chance to come by that day or were unable to take the vaccine for some reason. This is one of several activities our students participate in that enhances life on campus as well as in our communities,” stated instructor Pam Husffstuttler.