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Students offer free flu vaccines to those in need

Thursday, September 26, 2019

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy is once again teaming up with the United Way of the Plains in Wichita to provide free flu vaccines to those in need.

The 10th annual Operation Immunization event will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at six Wichita locations.

  • GraceMed, 1122 N. Topeka St.
  • Guadalupe Clinic, 2825 S. Hillside St.
  • Guadalupe Clinic, 940 S. Saint Francis
  • HealthCore Clinic, 2707 E. 21st St. N
  • Hunter Health, 527 N. Grove St.
  • Café con Leche, North High School, 1437 N. Rochester St.

Vaccines will be provided to eligible patients while supplies last. Children must be at least 6 years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian. The event is aimed at helping people who are unemployed, uninsured or unable to pay.

United Way of the Plains provided up to $20,000 to purchase the vaccines, which KU School of Pharmacy students will administer under the supervision of KU School of Pharmacy faculty.

KU School of Pharmacy Dean Ronald Ragan said events such as Operation Immunization and health fairs provide a much-needed service to the community, but they also serve to remind students of the school’s core values.

“For many of our students, the opportunity to serve their communities is what led them to pursue a career in pharmacy,” Ragan said. “They look forward to these events each year and are reminded that the practice of pharmacy is about more than just what they learn in the classroom. It’s also about taking care of patients.”

Additional support for the immunization clinic is provided by Guadalupe Clinic, GraceMed, the KU School of Medicine-Wichita JayDoc Community Clinic, Dandurand Drugstore, Wichita Academy of Pharmacists, HealthCore Clinic, Hunter Health and Walgreens.


Events
2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU