Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A healthier winter for Philadelphia

Approximately 1400 Philadelphians can thank Villanova University nursing students for fewer fevers, coughs, and aches this winter. Flu season just got easier for them after nearly 90 junior students, accompanied by College of Nursing faculty, administered their seasonal flu shots.

The junior class participates in the seasonal flu immunization program with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. During October and November, at 11 locations across the city including senior centers, parishes, and other community sites, the students assessed, educated and immunized vulnerable Philadelphians. The College has served Philadelphia in this manner for at least nine years.

In addition, the College of Nursing is assisting its own community by administering H1N1 vaccines to faculty, staff and students on Villanova’s campus on four days in November. Eleven clinical groups of traditional junior and senior students plus accelerated second degree adult students are being joined by their faculty for the immunization program at Jake Nevin Field House.

In this photo, nursing students Kevin Nusspickel and Kaitlyn Murphy administer flu shots to older Philadelphians at a retirement center on November 2.

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