This initiative was put together on the grounds of informing the community about the importance of becoming vaccinated. We educate people on the new vaccines available like Gardasil and Menactra, and even maintenance vaccines like Zostavax and Tdap. It is surprising that many people in the community do not know they need a 10-year booster of Tdap, and the many elderly who do not know they need a Zostavax vaccination to protect them from the painful shingles virus. These are important illnesses and diseases that are easily avoidable with the proper immunizations. As healthcare providers, it is our job to inform the public of the vaccination options they have to protect themselves.
“Hi everyone! I am excited to be serving as one of the co chairs for the Operation Immunization initiative this year. My interest inimmunizations started while I was doing my undergraduate degree. I read a book for my virology class called, The Panic Virus, where it was about the controversy behind vaccines and autism. After reading the book, it opened my eyes about the importance of vaccines as well as the consequences behind preventing childhood immunizations. I knew from then that I always wanted to be a strong advocate for immunizations, so when I joined SNPhA during my P1 year, I served in the national Operation Immunization subcommittee. There, I collaborated with other students at various schools of pharmacy and participated in bi-monthly conference calls. Through these calls, we were able to stay up to date on the initiative and also help come up with ways to spread awareness about vaccines. One notable achievement was helping with World Immunization Week during the end of April, the subcommittee and I made infographics for SNPhA members to share and educate about different vaccines and what diseases it prevents. I hope in this coming year, I can achieve those kind of goals locally for the underserved community!”
Michael Mouton: Immunization Co-chair:
“I am passionate about SNPhA because it is an organization that is not simply geared towards promoting the pharmacy profession,but driven to provide for disadvantaged populations. The strong goal orientation of SNPhA is something I identify with greatly. I love to lift and run in my free time and find that I incorporate goal setting to reach my fitness objectives. I also enjoy learning about different cultures and backgrounds, and I plan to get as much exposure to the world as I possibly can. SNPhA is about diminishing racial, economic, and gender barriers to achieve our goals. Operation Immunization encourages me to innovate ways to advocate for vaccination and help immunization awareness. I ultimately want to look back and see that I have in some way impacted underserved communities through outreach.”