Capilouto rolls up sleeves for UK students

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Pharmacy students weren't immune to the pressure of giving their teachers and department heads flu shots Tuesday.

The event served two purposes- one, to educate the public on the need for getting vaccinated against the flu.

The other purpose was to give students some "real world" training and little did 3rd year pharmacy student, Samantha Parisi know, she'd be giving a flu shot to University of Kentucky President, Dr. Eli Capilouto.

"It's pretty exciting," she said.

With the start of flu season, efforts ramp up every October to get people vaccinated- especially the elderly, children and pregnant women.

Dr. Capilouto says other than informing the public of the need to get vaccinated, the event also gave pharmacy students much-needed hands-on experience.

"We're preparing them for the world they're going to encounter as professionals," said Capilouto. "The more they prepare while they're students, the better our communities are and that's what the College of Pharmacy is known for."

Dean of UK's College of Pharmacy, Tim Tracy, said the event highlights the important role of the pharmacist in the healthcare system.

"It's really important for public health, that they're the pharmacist and one of the first people they contact when their patient needs care," said Tracy.

Parisi said it was nice to "practice" on someone other than fellow classmates.

In the end, Dr. Capilouto said of his shot...

"It's painless."

The Health Department is holding a Free Flu Friday at Imani Life Center on Georgetown Rd. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on October 11, 2013.

You can also get shots at the department's location on Newtown Circle, M-Th for $25.

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