Nursing students give H1N1 flu shots
Nursing student Lauren Traub rolled up her sleeve as she sat on the side of the hospital bed.
Classmate Micah Hatcher wiped down her arm with an alcohol swab as she prepared the pre-filled syringe for the injection.
“Are you allergic to eggs,” Hatcher asked. “Ever had a reaction to eggs? Are you ill today?”
With Traub’s three negative responses, Hatcher inserted the needle into her classmate’s upper arm, pushed the plunger and the H1N1 vaccine flowed.
Georgia College Student senior nursing students gave 25 H1N1 flu vaccines during the first 15 minutes of Tuesday’s shot clinic.
Assistant Nursing Professor Sallie Coke said the nursing students also benefit from the shot clinic.
“It helps them become aware of mass immunizations should there be a national epidemic,” Coke said. “It gives them a big dose of community health.”
The Student Health Service’s clinic will continue to provide free doses of the H1N1 flu shot throughout the day in the nursing lab located in the Health Sciences Building.
The clinic received 500 doses Monday. The first doses will be distributed according to the U.S. Government regulations:
• Persons between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old (Unprepared to give vaccine to infants or children)
• Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel with direct patient contact (includes nursing faculty, those doing internships in any type health care facility, and law enforcement persons on campus)
• Pregnant women
• People who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months of age
• People ages of 25 through 64 years of age who are at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems
• Hypersensitivity to egg proteins or any other vaccine components, or life-threatening reactions after previous administration of any influenza vaccine.
• Moderate or severe illness with or without fever.
• If Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) has occurred within 6 weeks of previous influenza vaccination, the decision to give Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine should be based on careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks.
• Immunocompromised persons may have a diminished immune response to Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine.
For more information call Student Health Services at (478) 445-5288.