OU College of Pharmacy Honored for Immunization Efforts
Monday, February 04, 2013 - Campus News -
The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy has been honored for its community immunization efforts by the American Pharmacists Association.
For the past three years, the OU College of Pharmacy has offered fall influenza vaccination clinics, providing more than 8,400 immunizations to people on the OU Health Sciences Center campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Their fall 2012 efforts immunized 3,292 people.
"We saw a remarkable 42 percent increase in vaccination rates on campus between year one and year three of the program," said Tracy Hagemann, Pharm.D., who spearheaded the initiative with fellow faculty member Susan Conway, Pharm.D.
Hagemann attributed the increase to refinements in the program that included altering clinic locations and times, as well as the addition of traveling pods that brought vaccinations to those who could not easily leave their work to come to a nearby clinic.
The college was selected from more than 80 nominations as the Honorary Mention recipient of the Association's Immunization Champion Award in the Community Outreach Category. The award will be presented March 3, 2013 at the APhA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.
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