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University of Iowa News Release

April 6, 2006

UI Pharmacy Students Honored For 'Operation Immunization'

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy chapter of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) recently won an award for its participation in Operation Immunization, a campaign promoting education and implementation of immunization services in pharmacies.

The APhA-ASP chapter at the UI received a plaque and a check for $250 at the APhA annual meeting, held March 17-21 in San Francisco. At the meeting, each chapter from around the nation that participated in the Operation Immunization campaign was presented with a certificate of recognition for its efforts, and regional winners were announced. UI pharmacy student Pam Murphy, an ASP member who coordinated the initiative, was at the conference to accept the award for Region 5, which includes ASP chapters in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

UI pharmacy students partnered with Eastern Iowa retail pharmacies to administer immunizations and provide immunization information to the public. The students also helped provide immunizations at the UI Student Health Service's summer orientation and fall flu clinics.

APhA-ASP is dedicated to advancing pharmacy and providing community service, and it is the world's largest pharmacy student organization with around 20,000 members. The UI chapter consists of about 200 students.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu. Writer: Andrea Schreiber