University of Kansas School of Pharmacy students in Wichita will host Operation Immunization to give free flu vaccines to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
This is the first year the event will be held at two locations: Guadalupe Clinic, 940 S. St. Francis, and the South Lord’s Diner, 2825 S. Hillside. In the past, the event has been only at Guadalupe Clinic.
“The flu shot is really important because the more people that get it, the less it’s going to spread,” said Mandilyn Phillips, second-year pharmacy student and one of the Operation Immunization coordinators. “The flu has been bad for the past couple of years, and this helps prevent further disease.”
More than 1,000 flu shots will be available. The $13,260 of funding for the shots came from the United Way.
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Pharmacy students will administer the shots under the supervision of certified pharmacists. Nursing students from Wichita State University will also be on hand to administer shots to children.
Additionally, medical students from the JayDoc Community Clinic will provide free health screenings, including blood pressure and blood glucose testing.
Any leftover doses of flu vaccine will be given to the Guadalupe Clinic, Phillips said. The event is first come, first served and could end before 2 p.m. if all the vaccine is used, Phillips said.
This is the fifth year of Operation Immunization.