Student pharmacists help out to stop hepatitis A outbreak in Washington state

Washington State University student pharmacists are helping to respond to an outbreak of hepatitis A in Yakima, WA.

Washington State University student pharmacists are helping to respond to an outbreak of hepatitis A in Yakima, WA. The Yakima Health District recently said that five acute cases of the infectious disease had been reported among individuals experiencing homelessness and illicit drug users; there was also potential exposure at a fast food restaurant in the city. In response to heightened staffing needs, WSU pharmacy students are helping administer the hepatitis A vaccine at a local Safeway pharmacy. Santos Rivera, a Doctor of Pharmacy student who will graduate in 2021, said he is grateful that he and his fellow students, who are part of a local student group of APhA, are grateful they can respond to the increased need and also receive hands-on training. "Nobody likes to have this situation, but it's definitely a valuable opportunity for our students to learn," he said.