Aug. 8, 2014
flu vaccination is recommended for children and adults to protect them from the highly contagious and
often severe, respiratory virus. Stephen B. Vaughn, MD, a Fort Worth anesthesiologist, is working to ensure families who cannot afford flu
shots get them. He received a $1,750 grant from the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program
to provide free flu vaccinations to Haltom City families in October 2014.
of five Texans will get influenza, or the flu, this year. The flu is much more
severe than a common cold and can keep people 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 to older people, young children, pregnant women, and
people with chronic medical conditions.
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, the program has awarded 26 grants totaling
more than $40,000 to Texas communities.
to protect our community against the flu and help educate residents about the
importance of influenza prevention,” said Dr. Vaughn. “About 20 percent of
Haltom City residents live in poverty, and many cannot afford a flu
Vaughn will work with the North Texas
Area Community Health Centers, a federally qualified health center, to provide the vaccinations
at a health fair in October.
The TMA Foundation (TMAF) funds Be Wise — Immunize
and the Local Impact Grants, thanks to generous support from H-E-B
and TMF Health Quality Institute, and gifts from physicians and their
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.
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Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.
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