Thomas Taylor, left, was the recipient of a flu vaccination last month. Taking part in the vaccination evening were, from left nurse Kathy Bowles, Vasuma Chaparala, a student at Wichita East High School, and Maryon Habtemariam, Guadalupe Clinic board member. (Courtesy photo)

Vasuma Chaparala was happy to be a pain in the arm – in her quest to protect many of the poor and homeless of Wichita from the flu.
Chaparala, an international baccalaureate student at Wichita East High School, partnered with the Guadalupe Clinic to provide flu vaccinations to that population as part of her senior project.
The injections were given Thursday, Nov. 8, at Inter-Faith Ministries’ Program Center, located at 829 N. Market. Clinic personnel administered the vaccine.
The injections and supplies needed for the evening were paid for by money Chaparala raised – funds that were matched by clinic volunteer nurses.
“I chose this project because I have always been interested in serving my community and have a strong interest in improving public health,” Chaparala said.
“This project will save lives! Last year alone 80,000 individuals succumbed to influenza deaths. My hope is that with help, this project will minimize morbidity and mortality rates among our homeless community.”