AU Pharmacy school to host H1N1 vaccination clinics

By Chris Vessell - bio | email

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - We're about to encounter the busiest travel time of the year. That's why the Center for Disease Control is encouraging people to get the H1N1 vaccine.

It's a call to action that Auburn University isn't taking lightly. It's a massive undertaking and one the A.U. School of Pharmacy realizes they may not reach. The university wants all students and faculty to get the H1N1 vaccine.

"We have already administered almost 5000 doses to our AU family," Kimberly Braxton Lloyd said. Braxton is helping head up the effort at Auburn University's School of Pharmacy. That's just a drop in the bucket compared to the 33-thousand doses they've ordered.

However, CDC predictions are prompting the school to act quickly. "They're predicting that in January for instance, when we all disperse and go home for the holidays, all the students and everyone comes back to work in January, that we might see another surge of the H1N1," said Lloyd.

So far, they've experienced some reluctantcy from students including Kacie Crowley. "It's not a big concern for me. I don't tend to get sick very often," Crowley said.

Megan Hester is a pharmacy student and President of the Pharmacy Student Government Association. "The majority of students are particularly young they think they're going to get the flu. I'm not going to get the flu. I've never had the flu before so I'm not going to get vaccinated," Hester said.

Physicians are going through all the proper protocol to prevent unwanted side effects. "We ask about things like thymenosol which is a preservative, we ask about things like are you allergic to things like antibiotics," Dr. Dave Brackett, AU School of Pharmacy said.

Over twenty clinics have already been held. More are on the way, in hopes students will act sooner rather than later.

"We're really encouraging everyone on campus to get vaccinated as soon as possible and especially encouraging students to get vaccinated before they go home for the holidays".

The university says they're capable of vaccinating the 25,000 students at Auburn University along with all of its faculty.

The Pharmacy School will be hosting clinics at following times and locations:

Wednesday, December 2 - 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
103A Dunstan Hall

Friday, December 4 - 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
3D Arts Building (at Facilities Division Complex on Samford Ave.)

Friday, December 4 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
College of Veterinary Medicine - 2nd Floor, Overton-Rudd

Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11
10:30 am - 11:30 a.m. daily
AU Pharmaceutical Care Center (2155 Walker Building)

Monday, December 14 through Thursday, December 17
12:30 pm - 1:30 p.m. daily
AU Pharmaceutical Care Center (2155 Walker Building)