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Staff Of Putnamville Prison Rolls Up Sleeves For Shots


Correctional officer, Angela Taylor, just one of Putnamville Correctional Staff, rolls up sleeve for Kroger Pharmacist, Michelle Schumm to get her flu shot at recent Flu Shot Clinic. (Courtesy photo) Correctional officer, Angela Taylor, just one of Putnamville Correctional Staff, rolls up sleeve for Kroger Pharmacist, Michelle Schumm to get her flu shot at recent Flu Shot Clinic. (Courtesy photo) The Prison staff at Putnamville rolled up their sleeves for inoculations from Kroger Pharmacists Michelle Schumm and Nick Madison during a 2-day Flu Shot Clinic held at the Putnamville Correctional Facility (PCF).

“It’s cost effective to be proactive rather than reactive,” said PCF Superintendent Stanley Knight. “Being reactionary in this instance means that the virus has spread from offender to offender, from offender to employee, or vice versa, over extending our healthcare workers, increasing medical expenditures, and creating staff shortage. Knight further explained that by making the shots easily accessible to staff, more might take advantage of the opportunity, thereby reducing the number of staff call-ins for Flu associated illness.

Schumm reported that the most frequent question asked by PCF staff was, ‘will the shot immunize me to all the different strands of Flu?’ Her response was, “There are four strands of Flu going around. The shots that we are giving will immunize you against 3 of them.” Three out of 4 seemed pretty good odds for correctional officer Angela Taylor who was one of the first to roll her sleeve up. “I pat down visitors every day,” commented Taylor, “and I don’t want to carry anything home that might make my kids sick. For me, it’s about keeping them healthy.”

Flu shots are just one of the ways that the prison is trying to combat staff illness. Offenders assigned to “sanitizing” work lines wipe door handles and sanitize high traffic areas throughout each day, and, offenders, staff and visitors are encouraged to wash and sanitize hands frequently.

In conjunction with the clinic, Putnamville hosted a Health Fair and Fitness Walk. Representatives from the Hamilton Center, Quest, AFLAC, United Way, Family Readiness Group, St. Vincent/Clay County Hospital, All State, State Farm, PNC Bank and H.O.O.S.I.E.R. Start were all on hand distributing health conscious informational brochures as staff lapped the ball field dur- ing a fitness walk. Fitness walk participants donned tee-shirts that were sold to generate funds for donation to the National Guard Armory Family Readiness Group, an organization that supplies food to military families.

The events were organized by Chris Williams, and the facility’s Promoting Positive Culture in Corrections committee members.

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