Thanks for help in fighting pertussis

Posted: Sunday, February 08, 2009

Due to the unusually high number of whooping cough cases diagnosed in the Juneau area since July, Juneau Public Health Nursing, the state of Alaska Section of Epidemiology and the Juneau School District combined their efforts and on Dec. 16 and 17 offered free Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) immunizations at Floyd Dryden and Dzantil'i Heeni middle schools. More than 800 immunizations were given over those two days.

Juneau Public Health Nursing and the Section of Epidemiology would like to thank the many employees of the Juneau School District, particularly Dave Newton, director of student services; school nurses Marcia Arnoldt (Floyd Dryden) and Dorothy Grey (Dzantik'i Heeni); as well as Vaughn Westcott, Juneau Community Schools; and the Southeast Chapter of the American Red Cross.

We would also like to thank volunteers Nadia Jones registered nurse, U.S. Coast Guard; Mike Branum, emergency manager for the city of Juneau; Rob Kindred, volunteer firefighter and EMT; and Alice Walters, registered nurse, Nancy Davis registered nurse, Cindy Evans, Frankie Miller, Cynthia Salazar and Judy Neary for their immunization and administrative support.

For their assistance and support in maintaining vaccine quality and security, we thank Ron's Apothecary, Fred Meyers Pharmacy and Valley Medical.

The volunteers from the Dzantik'i Heeni clinic wish to extend a special thank-you to M. Collins for the surprise delivery of the very yummy pizzas.

We are fortunate to have such a wealth of committed personnel and volunteers in Juneau, and again, we thank each of them for their support of the clinics in this effort to contain the spread of whooping cough in our community.

Susan Pridgen-Webb

Public health nurse

Juneau



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