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Nursing Students Give Hundreds of Flu Shots

Posted: Oct. 19, 2009

Nursing student Alicia Russell gives Commissioner David Lakey of the Texas Department of State Health Services a flu shot.

Nursing student Alicia Russell gives David Lakey,
Commissionerof the Texas Department of State Health
Services, a flu shot

Students from the School of Nursing recently participated in a massive initiative to get Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) staff ready to work the flu season.

The students gave shots at three clinics, freeing up DSHS nurses for other duties. Students did pre-injection screenings and gave seasonal flu shots. At just one of the clinics, they gave more than 900 injections in four hours.

"These senior students will be graduating in December with their bachelor's degree in nursing," said Diane Moy, state director of nursing who serves as a part-time faculty member at the School of Nursing. "Their help to us with the flu clinics is an example of a positive academic linkage that's mutually beneficial.

Keeping the DSHS staff well during the flu season is so important since they are coordinating everything from the H1N1 call center — from distribution of vaccines to managing flu shot clinics."

The Multi-Agency Coordination Center at the DSHS central campus in Austin was activated in August to provide command and coordination of the DSHS response to the H1N1 pandemic.

Faculty members Linda Chambers, Linda Murphy, Trish O'Day, Terree Wozny and Sholonda Horton also participated in the initiative