Pharmacy Students Provide Free Flu Vaccines

University of Kansas (KU) School of Pharmacy students are administering free flu vaccines to those in need at a number of locations in Wichita, Kansas, this weekend.

University of Kansas (KU) School of Pharmacy students are administering free flu vaccines to those in need at a number of locations in Wichita, Kansas, this weekend.

The university credited the United Way of the Plains with providing the funds for 1500 influenza vaccine doses.

“Making these vaccines available to more people will help protect the overall health of our community,” said United Way of the Plains president Patrick J. Hanrahan in a press release. “We’re proud to continue our partnership with the KU School of Pharmacy and help eliminate needless suffering this flu season.”

Certified pharmacists will help supervise the Academy of Student Pharmacist members’ administrations of the vaccine on September 26, 2015, at clinics and a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita.

“Operation Immunization provides a much-needed service to the community,” said KU School of Pharmacy Dean Ken Audus in a press release. “But these events also serve to remind students that the practice of pharmacy is about more than just what they learn in the classroom. It’s also about patient interaction, care, and promoting preventive health behaviors.”

In addition to United Way, a number of organizations collaborated on the event: Dandurand Drugstore, Dillons, Walgreens, Walmart, Wichita Academy of Pharmacists, the Guadalupe Clinic, GraceMed, The Lord’s Diner, HealthCore Clinic, the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, JayDoc Community Clinic, and the Wichita State University School of Nursing.