Starting this month, second year professional students at Cedarville University’s School of Pharmacy will be serving employees at Columbus’ Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH) by administering influenza vaccinations.
Students will be at Nationwide Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 4-7 p.m. They have three dates confirmed at Dayton’s Children’s Hospital, including Friday, Sept. 27 (2-5 p.m.), Friday, Oct. 4 (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.), and Friday, Oct. 18 (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.).
Seasonal influenza vaccination is the most important way of preventing seasonal influenza virus infections and potentially severe complications, including death (CDC). This is especially true in the hospital setting. Both employers mandate that the influenza vaccine be administered to all employees. With DCH employment almost reaching 2000 and NCH pushing over 10,000 this is a heavy demand every fall for hospital employee health departments. Most institutions contract with other organizations to meet this high demand.
This challenge is partly being met by Cedarville University School of Pharmacy (CUSOP). Student pharmacists are volunteering their time to help provide immunizations and education, while strengthening their knowledge and skills and meeting the needs of others. This opportunity also allows our students to display servant leadership, which is one of our core mission attributes.
We are also working with other local institutions that have similar service needs. As we continue to expand service learning opportunities, it will meet an educational requirement for CUSOP program as third year professional students will specifically be engaged in experiences relating to meet needs, especially in underserved areas.
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