Vaccine clinic a success

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Volunteers pull together

By The Staff

Local Public Health Nurse, Megan Pfeffer, was a ray of sunshine during a recent flu shot clinic that showcased her and many volunteers who also shined bright.

The White Rock clinic, offered by the New Mexico Department of Health, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Public Schools, Pfeffer and with the help of 23 volunteers, was hopping throughout the morning.

“The vaccination clinic would not have been as successful without the assistance of these outstanding volunteers who guided, assessed, assisted and vaccinated children in our community,” said Pfeffer, RN and the Nurse Manager for the Los Alamos Office.

Pfeffer also praised EMS Battalion Chief Justin Grider for securing the use of White Rock Fire Station Three, assisting with the set up and helping to run the clinic; LAPD Ofc. Chuck Ney, who volunteered for traffic control, Phil Taylor, LA county emergency manager for assisting with preparation of the clinic and Donna McHenry, EMS training coordinator with the Los Alamos Fire Department who observed persons for any reactions after they received the vaccine.

Los Alamos Public Schools bus drivers shuttled the parents, caregivers and patrons back and forth to the clinic.

There were 526 doses administered for the H1N1 clinic with no word yet to the lot number most recently recalled.

A second dose is only required for those children under the age of  nine and is available through their private doctors.

“It ran so smoothly, it was impressive,” Pfeffer said. “I think a lot had to do with the great volunteers. I was overwhelmed at the end of the day with the support of the community volunteers and happy to be able to vaccinate that many children.”

The Los Alamos Public Health Office is still able to provide vaccinations and are working with the Department of Health and other local entities to offer future clinics. Information on availability can be found locally by calling Clerk Specialist, Vickie Griffis at 662-4038 or by calling the New Mexico Department of Health H1N1 Hotline at 1-877-304-4161.

The local Public Health Office, located just across from Los Alamos High School provides services that include tuberculosis treatments, HIV/STD testing, family planning, WIC,  immunizations including seasonal and H1N1 vaccinations, hepatitis vaccinations and testing, investigation of communicable diseases and food borne illnesses.

Clinic Volunteers

Cristal Auilar, Sheila Aulwes, Barbara de Nevers, Elenaor Fellers, Deborah Gill, Shirley Graziano, Shannon Griffin, Syndi Hesch, Nancy Holmes, Kymberly Jackson, Tyler Jones, Rebecca Jones, Kate Kettering, SunWha Lee, Jennifer Mason, Heidi Orehek, Toni Rogers, Becky Rutherford, Leigh Weaver, Roxanne Webster, Sarah Wilson, Michele Wright, Rachel Zelibor and Kathy Taylor.