Department of Pharmacy Practice

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UIC Pharmacy Teamed Up to Fight the Flu

KHits (104.3FM) Morning Hosts Eddie and JoBo, UIC PHARMACY TEAMED UP TO FIGHT THE FLU

On September 26th, KHits (104.3FM) Morning Hosts Eddie and Jobo teamed up with our very own UIC Pharmacy Team at the UIC Student Recreation Facility to encourage the public to come out to receive their flu shot and educate them on the facts of influenza in a lighthearted environment.

The popular radio duo partnered up with the College of Pharmacy to encourage people to stay healthy by getting a flu shot as our very own pharmacy students administered the vaccine. Radio DJ Eddie Volkman agrees with how important it is to receive this vaccination stating, “My wife and I get a flu shot every year because we're too busy to be down and out with the flu. And especially now with a 1-year old daughter we can't afford to be sick or get her sick. It just makes sense to get the shot!"

The event let the public receive the flu shot for only $15 along with the opportunity to meet Eddie and Jobo, get their autographs and take pictures, all the while having a plethora of information at their fingertips on any questions they had for the pharmacists on hand.

About 200,000 people are hospitalized each year for complications from flu, says Janet Engle, professor and head of pharmacy practice. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 5 percent to 20 percent of Americans get flu each year. In the past 31 years, annual flu-related deaths have ranged from 3,000 to 49,000. The CDC recommends everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu shot this year, Engle said.  "The agency recommends individuals receive a flu shot every year, because last year's flu shot won't protect them this year," she said. "The immune protection a person receives from the flu shot declines over time."

The influenza virus is spread by coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions. Anyone can contract the disease, but it is especially prevalent in children. For most people symptoms last only a few days, but it can disrupt a person's life for up to two weeks, Engle said. Symptoms include fever and chills; cough; sore throat; headache; muscle aches; fatigue; and runny or stuffy nose.

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