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New public health nurse hired

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

R.N. Kimberly Hyatt will assume full-time duties as the Clay County Health Department Public Health Nurse May 24. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
The Clay County Health Department will officially welcome a new associate later this month.

Although Kimberly Hyatt is the current acting Public Health Nurse, she does not officially begin full-time until May 24.

Hyatt has been giving out immunization vaccines since September.

"I'm going to step in and give this a try," Hyatt told The Brazil Times.

The 1986 Clay City High School graduate is a lifelong resident of Clay County. She currently lives in Brazil with her husband of 24 years, Mitch, and three children, Damon, 16, Dylan, 11, and Jinna, 6.

Hyatt said her family is very active in the community. While all three children participate in sports, her husband also runs the Clay Youth Football League.

Following her graduation from Clay City, Hyatt attended Indiana State University, graduating from there in 1993. She then began working at Union Hospital, Terre Haute, before accepting a position at the Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis.

She is still employed at the IU Medical Center, working weekends only.

Hyatt said coming to the health department has been something she has wanted to do for a long time.

"I had thought about (coming home) for a while," she said. "The drive back and forth to Indianapolis, especially in the winter, gets pretty tough."

Vaccine requirements

New Clay County Health Department Public Head Nurse Kimberly Hyatt told The Times new requirements in schools for students in grades 6-12, the following shots will implemented in the department's vaccine schedule:

* A second Varicella Shot (for Chicken Pox),

* T-dap shot, and

* Meningococcal.

The shots will be required beginning the 2010-11 school year.

"We will have extra clinics this summer," Hyatt said. "We're going to be very busy."

For more information, call the health department at 448-9019.

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