Pharmacy Students Tackle the Flu Through Operation Immunization

Emily Keeler
10/25/2013

Each year Americans across the country come down with the flu. This wide-spread disease interrupts lives and can lead to hospitalization and even death. College of Pharmacy students are fighting back through a program called Operation Immunization.

The program is a collaboration between the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA). The two student groups work together to increase the public's knowledge of immunizations, in turn, raising the number of adults receiving immunizations.

“Through Operation Immunization, Ohio State students are hoping to increase awareness about the flu,” explained pharmacy student Marissa McDonald. “By getting the flu shot you are not just protecting yourself, but your loved ones around you. This is especially important for caregivers of the very young and the elderly.”

This year’s efforts include a number of flu clinics at pharmacies across Central Ohio and awareness campaigns including signs in campus busses and the Ohio Union.

Last year alone, the program immunized nearly 60,000 patients and reached over 14 million through public relations initiatives nationwide.

For more information about the flu visit flu.gov.