Fort Worth Physician Receives Grant for Flu Vaccinations

Aug. 8, 2014

A yearly 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.

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 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.  

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, the program has awarded 26 grants totaling more than $40,000 to Texas communities.  

“We want 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 vaccination.” 

Dr. 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 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.

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

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