Pharmacy Students Immunize President Capilouto

Oct 04, 2012

In what is fast becoming a university tradition, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy students provided UK President Eli Capilouto, Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto, Dean Tim Tracy, and Senior Associate Dean Patrick McNamara with their influenza (flu) vaccinations at the College today.

Providing the immunizations were third-year PharmD students Billy Black, Jessica Cox, Bridgette Kanz, and Zac Noel.

“It was my pleasure to receive my flu vaccine from the best and brightest pharmacy students in the nation,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “I applaud our students for taking a leadership role in this initiative. Receiving a flu vaccine is very important, and I encourage everyone to 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 (APhA-ASP), 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. Most all pharmacies now offer influenza vaccinations to the public. Pharmacists are trained on how to administer the vaccine and UK's third-year pharmacy students were recently trained.

American Pharmacists Month is an initiative by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the largest professional association of pharmacists in the United States. The goal of the month-long observance is to educate the public about the pharmacist's role in improving medication use and advancing patient care.

The campaign is designed to encourage pharmacy patients to "Know Your MEDICINE, Know Your PHARMACIST," the theme and core message of Pharmacists Month.

Molly Trent, a third-year pharmacy student and president of the UK APhA-ASP chapter said the student organization stays active in promoting the pharmacy profession and in community outreach.

Members divide up into committees geared toward their specific area of interest in pharmacy, such as diabetes, immunizations, HIV, heart disease, heartburn and others.

“We feel it is incumbent on us – as student pharmacists – to start positively impacting health care from the moment we put on our white coats,” said Trent. “We take great responsibility in representing our chosen profession and we are committed to partnering with fellow pharmacists to create a healthier Kentucky.”

Other student events planned for Pharmacists Month are:

• UK College of Pharmacy students will be hosting a spaghetti dinner to benefit Faith Pharmacy. Faith Pharmacy is a not-for-profit pharmacy in downtown Lexington that provides free prescription medications to indigent patients on Saturday mornings. The spaghetti dinner will be held on October 4 at 6 p.m. at Christ the King Cathedral in Hehman Hall.

• Georgetown Community Hospital health fair will be held Saturday, October 6th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Student pharmacists will be performing blood pressure screenings and blood glucose testing as well as providing information regarding immunizations, heartburn, smoking cessation and healthy living.

• UK student pharmacists will be submitting articles in the Kentucky Kernel throughout the month of October that highlight some of the unique services pharmacists provide.

• Dr. Craig Martin and Molly Trent will be discussing influenza vaccine information during mid-day shows on television channels 18 and 36 in late October.

• ”Flu Fighters” clinics will be set up throughout campus on October 5, 9, 16, 19, 21 and 22, administering influenza vaccinations to UK students, faculty and staff.

• Students will be giving presentations at Jessie Clark Middle School on October 24 focusing on preventing prescription drug abuse.

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