Operation Immunization

Operation Immunization is an immunization education program designed to increase the public’s knowledge of immunizations while raising the number of adults receiving immunizations. It is a great opportunity for student pharmacists who have completed the immunization training to administer flu vaccines at local retail pharmacies and clinics, and to educate the public on the importance of this preventative care. Operation Immunization was launched as an official APhA-ASP National Patient Care project in 1997. Since then, over 1 million individuals have been immunized through this campaign.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, through our OSU chapter OI projects, a total of 2318 patients received their flu vaccinations. 322 of those patients had their flu vaccine administered by our student pharmacists. An estimated amount of 362,968 patients were reached through educational public relation initiatives. 80 student pharmacists, 10 faculty members, and 43 pharmacists were involved in 40 events organized by OI to achieve such great numbers.

In 2013, one of the co-chairs won a student award for excellence in community service from OSU Offices of Outreach and Engagement from the OI service projects they conducted. This includes a $500 award from the university to OI for future project funding starting the 2013-2014 academic year.

This fall and winter, keep an eye out for volunteer opportunities in your email and on this site!

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