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Alice HealyCo-Founder and Vice-President Steven Nye's Q&A

Q: Steve, you are a Co-founder and Vice-President at VaxPro. How did you get started in the company wellness business?

A: VaxPro was started 12 years ago when my partner Jay Plavnick conceived the idea for a mobile flu shot vaccination service for Wisconsin businesses. Over the years we have grown our vaccination service to include TB testing, Biometric Screening and pharmacogenetic testing for medication optimization.

Q: Where are VaxPro customers located?

A: We originally focused on the Milwaukee area, but now reach most regions in Wisconsin including Madison, Green Bay, Waukesha, Sheboygan and Kenosha. It seems every year that we continue to reach out to more cities in Wisconsin and we also now service parts of Chicagoland.

Q: What is your main role at VaxPro?

A: I spend most of my time creating the infrastructure for our teams to succeed at the many clinics we operate each year. I work closely with Alice, our Manager of logistics and Supply Chain to create efficient clinic operating processes used by VaxPro's experienced nurses. I also work with DJ, our IT developer, to manage our secure, internal database that houses clinic and patient information.

Q: What is your favorite part of working at VaxPro?

A: Every day is a great day at VaxPro because the company is currently in a very dynamic growth stage. We have a terrific office staff, an awesome nursing team and really nice customers. New things are happening each day and I enjoy working with Jay, Alice, DJ, Zak and Lauren to create the tools necessary for VaxPro to provide great service for our customers. I am also looking forward to getting our new foundation, VaxPro Genetics Foundation, Inc. (VGFI) up and running in 2018.

Q: Any final thoughts?

A: Yes. Stay Healthy. Remember to get you annual flu shot. And, call VaxPro for all of your wellness needs. We are here to help.

3 months ago

    Alice HealyMisconceptions about getting an annual flu shot
    By Jay Plavnick

    1. If I get a flu shot, will I get catch the flu?
    No, you will not get the flu if you receive a flu shot. The flu shot contains viruses that have been “inactivated” so they are not infectious and therefore you will not get the flu from the flu vaccine. You might get any of these minor side effects: a sore arm, a mild fever, or redness at the site of injection.

    2. I was told that I only need one flu shot in my lifetime?
    No, it is important to get a flu shot every year. The CDC recommends “a yearly flu vaccine for just about everyone six months and older, and people with certain chronic health conditions, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes. Any flu infection can carry a risk of serious complications, hospitalization or death, even among otherwise healthy children and adults. Therefore, getting vaccinated is a safer choice than risking illness to obtain immune protection.” *

    3. Can I get the flu shot any time of the year.
    The best time to get your flu shot is between the middle of September and November. Flu season usually peaks between December and March each year.

    4. Do I have protection immediately if I get the flu shot?
    No, it takes about two weeks to build immunity in your system before you receive full coverage from the flu shot.


    4 months ago

      Alice HealyHow did you become interested in nursing?
      My only sibling was developmentally disabled and I had an innate sense of wanting to be a caregiver. I also have a high level of empathy. After my high school graduation, I became a nurses aid at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee to see if my desire really was the pathway to a nursing career and that job convinced me it was. I have proudly been in the nursing profession since 1972.

      How many years have you been on the VaxPro nursing team?
      I believe I was the first nurse hired in 2006 following a discussion with Steve Nye, Co-founder. VaxPro was still in the early stages of its start-up.

      What do you enjoy about the flu shot, TB testing and Biometric Screening clinics that VaxPro provides?
      I enjoy the interaction with many different people along with the diversity of the businesses and the wellness initiatives that VaxPro is involved with.

      How do you deal with a nervous patient at one of the clinics?
      I let the patient lead me. An anxious patient will usually tell you about their fears and concerns the moment that they first meet you. I explain the procedure and process to them in a language that they will understand and ask them for any input or questions they might have; thereby allowing me to make them more comfortable. Often using a soft tone of voice can be calming and beneficial when addressing the patient’s needs. I let them tell me when they are ready to proceed, because I believe it offers the person a feeling of having some control over the situation.

      What’s the most rewarding part of being a nurse?
      There are so many components to that question but I think for myself, primarily it is the genuine smile and thank you I receive from a patient. I like to hope that I end each encounter with them on a positive note, and that in some small way I might have made a difference in their life. Caring is the essence of nursing.

      4 months ago

        SuperUser AccountA pharmacist’s perspective on Sunscreens.
        By Jay Plavnick
        What is the definition of SPF in suntan products? SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, defines how well a sunscreen will protect skin against harmful ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. The kind of radiation that causes sunburn, damages skin, and can contribute to skin cancer.1
        Here is how SPF rating works: 2
        Suntan lotions with an SPF in the range of 6 to 14 provide low protection.
        Suntan lotions with an SPF in the range of 15 to 29 provide medium protection.
        Suntan lotions with an SPF in the range of 30 to 50 provide the highest, or best possible protection.

        A good rule of thumb is for every 10 minutes in the sun x the SPF=the amount of minutes you will receive protection against the sun.
        For example, if your skin would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun, applying an SPF 15 sunscreen would allow you to stay in the sun without burning for approximately 150 minutes, which would be about 15 times longer. 3
        It is important to know what type of skin type you have and how susceptible you are to sunburn and skin cancer. That is always an important factor in determining how much protection you need and which sunscreen to purchase.
        For good sun protection, stay out of the sun during the hottest time of the day.
        I also recommend wearing the following:
        1. A good hat
        2. A light weight long sleeve shirt
        3. Sunglasses to protect the eyes while in the sun.

        Enjoy the beautiful summer we are having, but be sure to apply liberal amounts of sunscreen at regular intervals. This is vital to avoid a bad burn from the sun.
        Feel free to contact me at with any questions you have.

        1. Badger sunscreen

        5 months ago