UKCOP Students Immunize President, Board of Trustee Members

October 22, 2015

The UK College of Pharmacy Big Blue Flu Fighters were at it again on October 23, helping to immunize the University community while educating the public on the importance of receiving their vaccines.

Pharmacy students provided UK President Eli Capilouto, Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto, Dr. Mike Karpf, UK’s Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Interim Dean Kelly Smith, members of the UK Board of Trustees, and a variety of UK administrators with their influenza (flu) vaccinations at the College today.

“It is not really fall on campus until I receive my flu shot from one of the nation’s best pharmacy students,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “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 (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, with most pharmacies now offering influenza vaccinations to the public. UK's third-year pharmacy students were recently trained in administering the vaccine.

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 PHARMACIST, Know Your MEDICINE," the theme and core message of Pharmacists Month.