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SEATTLE — In an effort to help people in local underserved communities and students in need stay well this flu season, Bartell Drugs will give 4,000 flu vaccines to the University of Washington and Washington State University for use in pharmacy programs at both universities. Each school will receive 2,000 doses of the current flu vaccines to support local student pharmacy outreach programs.
"We're proud to give the donations to both schools in support of their missions of teaching and community service," said Bartell Drugs chairman and CEO George Bartell. "We've been an advocate of the programs at both schools for many years. This is a way for us to show our support for their ongoing outreach efforts to the communities they serve.”
UW’s School of Pharmacy will use the donated vaccines to benefit several local tribal communities and safety-net nonprofit organizations, including Aloha House, the Salvation Army and area drug treatment centers.
WSU’s College of Pharmacy will use its vaccines to boost immunization rates among college students in Pullman and Spokane — a group that is known to be traditionally under-vaccinated and particularly vulnerable to influenza infection due to high-density living conditions, which help foster the spread of the illness.