|Influenza Immunization Exercise at Tohatchi Health Center|
|Submitted by CDR Ruth Kawano, USPHS, Nurse Educator, Gallup Indian Medical Center, Gallup, NM|
|Officers of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps) at the Tohatchi Health Center, completed a mass influenza immunization exercise on 9 November 2006. The event took place in the small town of Tohatchi, NM, which is a satellite clinic of the Gallup Service Unit, Indian Health Service. Tohatchi is approximately 25 miles from the main Gallup Indian Medical Center.|
|The officers: CDR Seyed H. Mortazavi, Dental category; LCDR Cecil M. Aycock, Pharmacist category; LCDR Pamela Smiley, Nurse category; LT Lillian Jones, Nurse category; and CDR Ruth Kawano, Nurse category and exercise evaluator and vaccinator, did an outstanding job of coordinating and implementing the mass influenza immunization exercise for over 665 patients within a 4-hour period of operation.|
|The Gallup Indian Medical Center sponsored influenza immunization exercises involving the city of Gallup and the surrounding communities. Overall, more than 6,000 patients (young and old and at various sites) were immunized.|
|Below are photos of Corps officers at the Tohatchi Health Center influenza immunization exercise:|
LT Lillian Jones is vaccinating a patient.
CDR Seyed Mortazavi, as the Site Coordinator, instructs LCDR Pamela Smiley on patient flow just prior to the start of the influenza immunization exercise.
to right: CDR Ruth Kawano, LT Lillian
Jones, CDR Cecil Aycock, LCDR Pamela Smiley, and CDR Seyed Mortazavi inside the
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