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Nursing students to offer free flu shots and health screenings at Piney Woods Fair

October 3, 2018 - University Marketing Communications
Stephen F. Austin State University and East Texas Community Health Services will provide free flu vaccines to Piney Woods Fair attendees Oct. 10 through 14. Pictured are SFA nursing students who provided health screenings at the 2017 fair.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University's DeWitt School of Nursing is partnering with East Texas Community Health Services to provide free flu vaccinations, blood glucose testing, cholesterol screening and blood pressure readings Oct. 10 through 14 at the Piney Woods Fair.

Students from the fourth semester nursing class will be set up in the Expo Center from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 3 to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Flu shots will be offered by East Texas Community Health Services as long as supplies last. In the event of a shortage, vouchers will be handed out for free flu shots at the clinic.

"It's a great opportunity for our nursing students to get a sense of community and community nursing," said Dr. Della Connor, SFA associate professor of nursing. "They spend quite a bit of time in the hospital and outpatient-type settings during their careers as student nurses, and this helps them experience preventative measures in a non-typical setting."

Senior nursing student Karli Butler, a team leader for the event, is volunteering at the fair to put to use the skills she has cultivated in the School of Nursing.

"We are excited to serve our community by providing opportunities to give vaccinations and health screenings and educate the public about living healthier lifestyles," Butler said.

For more information about the School of Nursing, visit sfasu.edu/academics/colleges/sciences-math/nursing.