Smith CMS Alliance Receives Grant For Free Flu Shots

Flu Vaccinations For Tyler Day Nursery Students, Parents, Caregivers, and Staff

 

July 31, 2014    

A yearly flu vaccination is recommended for children and adults to protect them from the highly contagious, and often severe, respiratory virus. The Smith County Medical Society Alliance (SCMSA) has received a $2,000 grant from the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program to provide free flu vaccinations to Tyler Day Nursery students and their parents and/or caregivers, plus staff, this fall. This is the first time free vaccinations will be given at the nursery.

“We saw a critical need for vaccinations when we found out fewer than 20 percent of the child care workers and just a few students got a flu shot last year,” said Andi Ledlie, SCMSA president. “We hope our event will raise awareness of the importance of an annual flu vaccination and help prevent a flu outbreak at the nursery.”

TMA created the Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants program to help Texas communities provide free and low-cost vaccinations to uninsured and underinsured Texans. Since 2012, 26 grants totaling more than $40,000 have been awarded to Texas communities to improve Texans’ health.

One out of five Texans will get influenza, or the flu, this year. The flu is much more severe than a common cold and can keep a person sick for seven to 10 days. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.

The flu can be especially harmful for older people; young children; pregnant women; and people with chronic medical conditions, like diabetes or kidney, heart, or lung disease. The best way to avoid influenza is to get a flu vaccination each year. The flu viruses can change from year to year, so you need a vaccination annually to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

Be Wise — Immunize and the Local Impact Grants are funded by the TMA Foundation (TMAF), thanks to generous support from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, and gifts from physicians and their families.

“TMA Foundation and its donors are proud to support this effort because immunizations prevent serious diseases and help us live a healthier life,” said G. Sealy Massingill, MD, TMAF president.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the association and raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine.

Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.

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Pam Udall (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 413-6807; email: pam.udall@texmed.org
Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear@texmed.org

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