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Idaho State University College of Pharmacy to provide free flu vaccines to first 50 guests at Oct. 18 open house

Posted October 17, 2012

Idaho State University College of Pharmacy faculty, students and staff will provide free flu vaccinations to the first 50 guests who register for adult flu shots during the Pharmacy Open House, slated for Thursday, Oct. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the College of Pharmacy, 970 S. 5th Ave.

These shots are a $30 value and are being given in conjunction with American Pharmacist Month. The vaccines will be available at this price for those who aren't among the first 50.

Mayor Brian Blad will also be on hand to declare a proclamation that Oct. 18 is Idaho State University College of Pharmacy Appreciation Day in Pocatello.  He will also receive his free flu shot.

Every year the ISU College of Pharmacy invites the community to come learn more about the changing role of a pharmacist. Pharmacists are becoming a more visible member of a patient's health care team and can answer questions that might otherwise require a trip to the doctor.

The American Pharmacists Association says that consumers should look to their pharmacists to provide medication-counseling services, including drug regimen reviews and drug interaction checks; coordination of patient care with physicians and other health care providers; and monitoring of side effects.  Pharmacists can also perform limited patient testing, such as cholesterol screening, glucose monitoring and blood pressure checks for serious health-threatening problems.

This year the College of Pharmacy is partnering with the College of Nursing to offer even more health education. 

For more information about the ISU College of Pharmacy Open House, please call 282-3393.

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