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.
Tailyn Dinh: Immunization CoChair
" Hello! My name is Tailynn Dinh, and I'm currently a P2. I graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor in Biochemistry. In high school, I was always involved with the local temples to help with fundraising to help the underserved community in Houston. From this experience, I learned that a simple act of kindness will go a long way. I joined SNPhA because I would like to continue making a meaningful impact on our community with health screenings and education. I wanted to be a part of Operation Immunization because I think it can help create a healthier community as a whole by spreading awareness about vaccinations. I'm looking forward to a very successful and meaningful year as one of the Co-chairs for Operation Immunization!"
Philip Ngo: Immunization Co-chair
“I came to pharmacy school with the hope of becoming a healthcare professional that could be easily accessible to my community. I joined SNPhA because the Houston community took care of my family and I while we were growing up. Now that I am a pharmacy student, I simply want to pay it forward by giving back to the community that gave so much to me. For many years now, SNPhA at UHCOP has been nationally recognized as one of the strongest chapters in existence and I want to continue that great tradition. In my time as a SNPhA co-chair of operation immunization, my goal will be to give back to the underserved community through large scale health events and innovative collaborations with organizations inside and outside of UHCOP."