Health & Safety

May 30, 2014

Allergy clinic is shot in arm for allergies, more

Tags:
Airman 1st Class CORY GOSSETT
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Airman 1st Class Cassandra Saunders, 56th Medical Operations Squadron allergy immunization technician, gives an allergy test to Katina Fritsch, 56th MDOS advance office clerk, May 12 at Luke Air Force Base.

The 56th Medical Group Immunizations and Allergy Clinic serves 92,000 active-duty service members, their dependents and retirees at Luke Air Force Base. The clinic also serves as a training facility for five other Air Force allergy and immunization clinics.
“What we do is important to ensure the mission readiness of our Airmen,” said Staff Sgt. Justin Banghart, 56th Medical Operations Squadron allergy and immunizations clinic NCO in charge. “We ensure Airmen and their families are well taken care of. It’s tough for someone to do their job down range when they’re worried about their family.”

The allergy clinic prides itself on customer service and ensuring their patients are well taken care of.

“I enjoy connecting with patients, especially kids,” said Airman 1st Class Cassandra Saunders, 56th MDOS allergy and immunization technician. “Seeing them come in scared on their first visit, but the next time they come in they remember you and are excited to see you. Knowing you’re making a difference in their everyday lives is an amazing feeling.”

While the 56th Medical Group doesn’t often deal with emergency medicine, the allergy clinic has in the past.

“We had an individual who started new medication and just showed up,” Banghart said. “She wasn’t one of our patients, but we took her back and began treating her. She was suffering from a serious allergic reaction, so we gave her some epinephrine and continued to monitor her until she could be taken to the hospital.”

Families can get allergy shots for aerial pollens from dust, grass, trees and weeds. The clinic also does drug and food testing as well as routine and deployment vaccinations. For parents who have concerns about getting their children vaccinated or taking allergy shots, Banghart encourages them to bring their concerns to the clinic, or check with their primary care manager.

“Flu season is always big,” Banghart said. “If you got your flu shot late in the season this year, around March, you will be due for a flu shot in September. We always do a flu shot drive so active-duty Airmen can get it done quickly.”

Banghart says anyone who is concerned they may be suffering from allergies should consult their primary care manager and see if they recommend getting an allergy shot. Immunizations are on a walk-ins basis, no appointment required.

While work at the clinic can be challenging at times, Saunders finds it very rewarding.

“Even if you’re having a bad day you have to remain optimistic,” she said. “There’s always something to learn. Each patient that walks through the door can be completely different from the last one. I love working with people and being able to make a difference in that person’s everyday life.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy photo

Airmen reach terminal velocity

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with ...
 
 

Planning for your future equals success

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” ~ William Arthur Ward Success does not happen accidentally, it takes detailed planning and a vision of the future. I remember the day before I left for basic military training, I tried to imagine what my future...
 
 

Tuition assistance — a great benefit

In my opinion, tuition assistance is one of the best benefits that we as active-duty military members have available. During my 17 years in the Air Force, I have seen this benefit increase from 75 percent of tuition being paid to 100 percent. Additionally, most of us experienced this benefit being eliminated for a short...
 

 
Senior Airman Marcy Copeland

Military children celebrated for courage, resilience

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation April 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The Month of the Military Child ...
 
 

News Briefs April 17, 2015

LOSC The Luke Officers Spouses Club invites spouses of officers to play bingo and have lunch at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Club Five Six. For more information or to RSVP, go to LukeOSCReservations@gmail.com. Days of Remembrance There will be a Holocaust remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. April 30 in the Luke Air Force Base Chapel...
 
 

Salutes and Awards

Air Force Reserve Command announces major selects The following 944th Fighter Wing captains have been selected for promotion to major: 944th Fighter Wing Christopher Bisdnack 307th Fighter Squadron Jason Gentry 944th Force Support Squadron Derrick Young 944th Medical Squadron Jeffrey Cohen and Craig Lussier 46 graduate ALS class 15-3 The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin