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Story Last modified at 10:42 a.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2010

Spotlight on Philip Lambert


Philip Lambert

Name: Philip Lambert

Hometown: Eagle River

Age: sophomore, Chugiak High School

In the Spotlight because: Philip went the extra mile to complete an Eagle Scout Project to assist health needs in the community. He coordinated a free flu shot clinic. The Municipality of Anchorage, State of Alaska Department of Public Health and the United Methodist Church of Chugiak sponsored the project.

The free flu-shot clinic was to last two days. The first day was a huge success.

With only 100 vaccines – 40 in shot form and 60 in nasal mist form – given from the State Public Health Department, they didn't last long on the great showing of people in need. In the first hour, all 40 of the shot vaccines were used on residents over the age of 50, as they cannot take the nasal mist vaccine. The nasal mist injections took the rest of the day to run out.

Many older residents had to be turned away the first day. At the end of the first day of the clinic, Philip hoped that the health department would provide more vaccines for the second day of the clinic. They did not have any more vaccines and others that may have been available could not be delivered due to weather. A second day was not planned because of the shortage and uncertainty of their accessibility.

Philip said, "Overall, the clinic proved to be a good experience and it did a lot of good to many people. One family came all the way from Anchorage. They had a family of eight, and couldn't afford to get flu-shots for their family. Because of this free flu-shot clinic, they were able to get vaccinated and avoid the flu this year, potentially saving lives. I know that even though the second day of the clinic was cancelled, I still helped many people this winter from having potential life-endangering illnesses."

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This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, December 2, 2010.

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