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It’s not too late to get your flu vaccine

Giacomini receives ceremonial flu shot in recognition of American Pharmacists Month

On November 30, UCSF School of Pharmacy Dean Kathy Giacomini, PhD, BSPharm, met with pharmacy students at the Parnassus campus Walgreens to promote vaccinations and the role of the pharmacist.

Giacomini, who received her influenza vaccine in September, was given a ceremonial “jab” (no needle) by Alexa Molina, PharmD Class of 2024. Arbelena Jackob, also from the PharmD Class of 2024, then presented her with Mayor London Breed’s proclamation recognizing October 2022 as American Pharmacists Month in San Francisco.

The vaccination of the dean has become an annual event in the School of Pharmacy, one that Giacomini was happy to carry forward, particularly in light of rising flu cases nationwide in recent weeks.

“For plenty of people, pharmacists are the only health care providers they encounter all year,” said Giacomini. “Don’t be shy to ask for your flu shot, or even your COVID booster, on your next visit to the pharmacy—you can still do your part to protect yourself and others with these immunizations.”

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