There are many vaccine-preventable diseases that still afflict and take the lives of thousands of Americans. Pharmacists are one of the most accessible health professionals and play an important role in educating the public regarding the importance of vaccinations. Operation Immunization encourages public immunization in local communities and raises funds for various causes, such as the Shot@Life campaign. Our committee goals are to educate the general public on the common misconceptions of vaccinations and to advocate for vaccination rights for New Jersey pharmacy students. Join us today in advocating for public immunization and student vaccination rights!
Operation Immunization: Training Event
SNPhA's Operation Immunization helped hold a training sessions regarding immunizations! Come we taught other students about herd immunity as it pertains to this flu season! This was great training for the health fairs, so that students could teach other people about the importance about vaccinations, as well as clear up any misconceptions about it.
Travel Vaccine and Zika Virus
Thinking of going somewhere for Spring Break? Attending this event would have been a definite must. Operation Immunization held an informational session on travel vaccines and Zika virus. We had infectious disease professor Dr. Navaneeth Narayanan explain the significance of vaccinating at-risk populations and its impact on global health. We discussed different travel vaccine options and updates on the Zika virus over the past year.
World Pneumonia Day
Keep up with our updates on our chapter’s twitter account @RU_SNPhA. For a week leading up to World Pneumonic Day, Operation Immunization tweeted facts about pneumonic and its vaccination information. The facts included diagrams explaining symptoms of pneumonia, stats about world-wide pneumonia, and the need for vaccination support. We also retweeted information from Shot@Life and other world pneumonia day accounts.
World Polio Day
On October 24th, World Polio Day, our chapter held a bake sale. We also sold whiteboards to make money. All off the proceeds went to Operation Immunization’s team of RacetoErase. RacetoErase is a campaign under the UN initiative Shot@Life. The goal of the campaign is to eradicate polio throughout the world by providing vaccines to children in third world countries.
Held on World Polio Day, Operation Immunization collaborated with our fellow CKD committee to educate students who will attend future health fairs. We covered the general idea of vaccinations and went in depth on certain vaccinations, such as the influenza vaccination. We also covered the popular myths that surround immunizations and what their true counterparts actually are. We practiced how to speak to patients who may be wary of receiving vaccinations and discussed the importance of receiving vaccinations.