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Purpose: On a yearly basis, a university pharmacy noticed an influx of students during flu season trying to get the flu shot. This pharmacy provides services for health professional students who are required to get a flu shot before going on rotations. With no additional staffing or support during this time, the pharmacy decided to host a flu clinic, advertise it widely to the health professional students and encourage them to get a flu shot on the set clinic dates. This would help alleviate the burden of administering a flu shot during workflow at the pharmacy.
Methods: The university pharmacy hosted its first ever flu clinic lead by pharmacists and assisted by pharmacy students. Pharmacists set one flu clinic date two weeks after the start of fall semester classes. This would still be early flu season and enough time for students to get a flu shot before going on rotation sites. Location of the flu clinic was chosen as a central area on campus with adequate space for set-up and administration. Fourth year pharmacy students as well as pharmacy residents and other pharmacists were recruited as immunizers for each of the flu clinic dates. Health professional college students received advertising via college listservs. Pharmacy personnel prepared all needed supplies in anticipation of a few hundred students. Flu clinic hours were from 9am-4pm with at least 6 immunizers throughout the day.
Results: All volunteers were educated about their role during the flu clinic via email and live in-service. Each volunteer was given a specific role with oversight from pharmacists that organized the event. Three immunizing stations were set-up with two immunizers at each table. Each immunizer had needed supplies at their station and a pharmacist overseeing any additional requests that may arise. The total number of students getting immunized during flu clinic was over 700. Students receiving the flu shot were represented from all healthcare professional colleges. With the large turn-out for the flu clinic event, extra supplies were borrowed from other pharmacies to continue to meet the demand. Fortunately, since there were enough volunteers at the event, there was no delay in providing services. Students showing up for the flu clinic had an overall positive response to the event.
Conclusion: Holding a flu clinic event on a university campus was very successful. This ensured students were able to receive their flu shot in a timely manner and minimize disruption in the pharmacy workflow during the busy flu season. Support from the pharmacy department as well as health professional colleges helped to market the flu clinic event and encouraged students to attend. Volunteers at the flu clinic helped to ensure a seamless and safe environment to receive a flu shot. Holding a flu clinic event also increased the number of flu shots given to students at the university campus.