SULLIVAN UNIVERSITY PHARMACY STUDENTS PROVIDE FLU SHOTS, STAFF CLINICS
Katie Leslie, PhD, MS
Director, Center for Health and Wellness
Associate Professor, Dept. of Clinical and Administrative Services
Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
LOUISVILLE, KY – With Greater Louisville in the midst of flu season, students from Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SU COPHS) have been out in the community administering and delivering the influenza vaccine.
Students in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program have provided critical immunization services through local volunteer clinics. The student-led Operation Immunization initiative, chaired by second year PharmD student Oshin Gerughty, organized two free community flu clinics at Hope Health Clinic and Sojourn Church.
Accompanied by faculty preceptors, student volunteers administered 90 flu shots, donated by the Center for Health & Wellness, a licensed pharmacy within SU COPHS. Gerughty also worked with the Center for Health & Wellness to arrange a donation of over 100 doses of influenza vaccine to the Family Community Clinic, a local non-profit clinic that provides free primary healthcare services to the uninsured.
In addition to these free clinics and donations, pharmacy student volunteers staffed clinics through CVS and Walgreens where students screened administered flu shots to an additional 170 patients.
“Through these partnerships, Operation Immunization helped protect many lives during the 2019-2020 flu season,” said Gerughty. “This is just one example of the positive impact SU COPHS students have on the health of the Louisville community.”
According to Norton Healthcare, there were 1,050 confirmed flu cases in the 15-county Louisville and Southern Indiana region last week. Pitt Academy, a private K-12 school in Louisville for students with special needs, closed for most of last week due to increased cases of flu and strep throat, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.
Over the past two decades, pharmacists have played an important role in improving immunization rates. Students in Sullivan’s PharmD program are trained as immunizers during their first quarter on campus. All PharmD students obtain hands-on practice, educate patients, and serve as immunizers during experiential rotations throughout the three-year program.
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The University offers numerous certificates, diplomas, and degrees in career-oriented programs, ranging from business, pharmacy, physician assistant, human resources, I.T. and cyber security, supply-chain management, culinary and baking and pastry arts, hospitality studies, conflict management, nursing, allied health sciences, HVAC-R, interior design, and legal studies. Sullivan University has campuses in Louisville and Lexington, an extension in Fort Knox on the U.S. Army Post, and Learning Centers in Louisa and Mayfield. Sullivan University also has many programs available partially or wholly online. For more information, visit www.sullivan.edu.