Stephen F. Austin University Receives Grant For Free Flu Shots

July 31, 2014    

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) Student Health Services has received a $1,992 grant from the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program to provide free flu vaccinations to students this fall.

The Be Wise — Immunize grant will help expand SFA Student Health Services’ flu vaccination outreach. Last year, 130 students received a free flu vaccination on a first-come basis, and the entire supply was used in 90 minutes, said Penny Jeffery, MD, director of Health Services at SFA. “This year, we plan to provide more than 160 free flu shots for those who don’t have insurance to cover a shot,” she said. “And, those with insurance also can get a shot without any co-pay or deductible.”

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.

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

Dr. Jeffery said, “We want to keep our students healthy and help prevent a flu outbreak on campus and throughout Nacogdoches.”

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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