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November 1, 2007

COP students work together to educate community

University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy students are asking Monroe residents to stay healthy. To educate the public on the importance of flu shots, the ULM COP Chapter of The American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) raised funds to advertise on a Monroe City Bus.

Catherine Oliver, ULM COP APhA-ASP president and third-year pharmacy student, says the ad will prompt area residents to receive the flu vaccine. "APhA-ASP developed the idea to remind the community how important it is to take time to receive the flu vaccine because it may save their life or someone else's," says Oliver.

To offset the cost of the print advertisements, APhA-ASP asked other ULM COP student organizations to donate to the project. Participating organizations include: Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, Kappa Epsilon Professional Pharmacy Sorority, the Louisiana Society of Health Systems Pharmacists ULM Student Chapter, the Rho Chi Society, and the Pharmacy Student Senate.

The advertising project also enables student pharmacists to play an active role in the lives of their patients and community, Oliver says. "We as student pharmacist want to promote our profession and make it known to patients that we are a vital part of their healthcare team."

The bus ad will run for approximately three months and can be seen in the Monroe area.

For more information about the flu vaccine the ULM COP APhA-ASP Chapter asks you to visit an informative website at

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