by Mary Helen Yarborough
The scene at the Horseshoe was
crowded, but orderly, as constant streams of employees, students and
MUSC associates lined up to participate in an annual mass inoculation
nurse Sharon Dunning, center, of MUHA Risk Management, administers a
vaccination to an MUSC employee while Dr. Ivar Frithsen, Employee
Health Services medical director, left, prepares more flu vaccines.
Working nonstop from two disaster response tents erected in front of
the Education Center and Library Building, nurses, physicians, employee
health and infection control personnel volunteered during the two-day
drill that was used to dispense vaccinations against this year’s
strains of influenza.
“Our hourly counts
at the flu tents indicated that we gave 1,950 doses on Oct. 15 and 889
on Oct. 16 for a grand total of 2,839 doses,” exclaimed Linda Formby,
R.N., infection control manager. “Last year at the tent on the first
day, we gave 1,369 doses, and on the second day 937 doses. We had a 24
percent increase this year in the number given during those two days.”
during hours to accommodate late-and-early working staff, flu vaccines
were administered at varying shifts and in departments all across
Ambulatory Care manager Judi Bucknam gave 104 doses on the Rutledge Tower connector, which brought the number of vaccinations to 2,943, according to Formby.
additional doses were distributed to managers for administration to
their staff. “According to the records I have from 2007, 1,820 doses
were distributed to managers last year,” Formby reported. “That
represents an almost 35 percent increase over last year.”
This also was the
first time that MUSC Student Health Services participated in the event
on the Horseshoe, and, “I vaccinated 399 MUSC students,” said Julie
Reese, R.N., Student Health Services associate director. “We plan to
participate again next year.
Formby said the
campaign could not have succeeded as well as it did without the help of
staff and managers who pitched in and operated with efficiency during
“If it had not
been for the staff Elizabeth Perry sent, we would have drowned,” said
Formby, who also extended appreciation and praise to Volunteer Services
manager Katy Kuder for providing the volunteers. “It was a tremendous
help to have them to assist with the paperwork and traffic flow.
“Flu vaccine group
members worked diligently to make this event a success,” Formby added.
“We will be meeting again to critique the tent exercise and make any
improvements, and to plan for future vaccination distribution during
Friday, Oct. 24, 2008