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University Leaders Receive Flu Shots from Student Pharmacists


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) — In what has become a University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy tradition, UK pharmacy students on Wednesday administered the flu vaccine to UK President Eli Capilouto, Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto, Dean Tim Tracy and Dr. Mike Karpf, UK’s executive vice president for health affairs.

Delivering the dose of seasonal disease prevention were third-year professional (Pharm.D.) students Brian Garcia, of Taylorsville; Katie Herren, of Lexington; Kylie Newman, of Park Hills; and Auburn Wigginton, of Campbellsville.  

“It is not really fall on campus until I receive my flu shot from one of the nation’s best pharmacy students,” Eli Capilouto said. “Not only is this a chance for our students to practice an important skill that is crucial to their health care careers, but it allows us to shine a spotlight on this important public health issue. For many Kentuckians, receiving a flu vaccine is of critical importance, and I hope citizens across the state consult with their local pharmacist to find out whether they should be immunized.”

Members of the UK Chapter of the American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists are taking every opportunity to educate the public about what a pharmacist can do for them. In recent years, pharmacists have become heavily involved with the immunization process, with most pharmacies now offering influenza vaccinations to the public. UK's third-year pharmacy students were recently trained in administering the vaccine. 

UK students and employees have several opportunities to get vaccinated on campus. The cost is $10 for regular students, or $20 for campus employees, with a campus ID. The vaccine is free for UK HealthCare workers or students with the AHP/United student insurance plan.
Students and campus employees can get vaccinated without an appointment at any of the following walk-in clinics:
  • 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Alumni Gallery at William T. Young Library
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the University Health Service First Floor Lobby
  • 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Alumni Gallery at William T. Young Library

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