KU pharmacy students to host free vaccine clinic

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 three locations: Guadalupe Clinic, 940 S. St. Francis, the South Lord’s Diner, 2825 S. Hillside, and GraceMed Clinic, 1122 N. Topeka.

More than 1,500 flu shots will be available. More than $18,000 of funding for the shots came from the United Way.

“It’s incredibly important to get flu shots every year to help protect people who can’t get a flu shot because they’re too young, immunocompromised or allergic,” said Mandilyn Phillips, third-year pharmacy student and one of the Operation Immunization coordinators.

“We want to make sure Wichita stays healthy and hopefully prevent a massive spread of the flu this year.”

Pharmacy students will administer the shots under the supervision of certified pharmacists. Nursing students from Wichita State University also will 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 at all three locations.

The event is first come, first served and could end before 2 p.m. if all the vaccine is used, Phillips said. Any leftover doses of flu vaccine will be given to Guadalupe Clinic and GraceMed.

This is the sixth year of Operation Immunization.

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