The College of Pharmacy is doing its part to help Longhorn student athletes stay healthy and be prepared for competition.
On Wednesday, September 21, third-year pharmacy students, residents, and faculty members found themselves surrounded by a sea of burnt orange and exercise equipment as they set up operations at the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletics Center, adjacent to the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Their task was to administer flu vaccines to Longhorn athletes using either injection or nasal spray administration.
By the end of the first of two scheduled shifts, the pharmacy team had administered approximately 400 immunizations.
Third year pharmacy students (P3s) who recently received their immunization certification administered the majority of the immunizations.
A group of pharmacy residents and two fourth year (P4) students joined them in the effort. Four members of the college's Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice faculty supervised the project including Renee Acosta, Nile Barnes, Debbie Lopez, and Sharon Rush.
P3 students are scheduled to administer immunizations at an upcoming campus-wide drive at the university's Student Health Center beginning on September 27.
The Student Health Center drive is open to students, faculty and staff. A current UT identification card must be presented in order to get a flu shot.
For details concerning the campus flu vaccine campaign, visit www.healthyhorns.utexas.edu.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months or age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza.
The timing of flu is unpredictable and can vary from season to season. It takes approximately two weeks after getting the shot to develop optimal protection, and flu season starts in October. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February.