Student pharmacists offer vaccines while you vote at Granny White polling location

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In an effort to provide a convenient and easy flu shot option for the community, the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy will host a Vote and Vax on Nov. 6, Election Day, at the Granny White Church of Christ polling location at 3805 Granny White Pike, Nashville, 37204.

From 3 p.m.-7 p.m., voters can kill two birds with one stone: vote for their choice for president and get their 2012 flu shot for just $20 from the Lipscomb student pharmacists. Voters can actually get the shot while waiting in line!

Anyone ages 5 and up (voting or not) can receive their flu vaccination at the Vote and Vax clinic. Cash or check only is accepted. Patients will have to remain on site for 15 minutes after the shot is administered.

Federal officials recently announced that only 42 percent of Americans received flu shots last year. While flu season was relatively mild last year, that doesn’t mean it won’t bounce back this year with greater occurrence, said Sarah Uroza, assistant professor of pharmacy at Lipscomb.

All of the Lipscomb student pharmacists are certified to give vaccines and many already work in retail pharmacies and have administered flu vaccines at on-campus clinics in the past.

The Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and prepares student pharmacists for work in community pharmacy, hospitals, specialty health care facilities and mental health facilities.