This spring, more than 100 vaccines were given to 38 Austin area middle school students in a collaborative service project sponsored by the Travis County Medical Society (TCMS).
For more than 13 years, the medical society and its alliance along with AISD Student Health Services, have provided athletic physicals for middle- and high-school students. In 2010, the society, alliance and school district piloted a TMA Be Wise—Immunize vaccination clinic during one night of the middle school physical exams and 30 students received 90 vaccines.
Lydia Soldano, vice president of community service for the TCMA, says, “Immunizing children is a project the Travis County Medical Alliance has been dedicated to for many years, mostly for elementary-aged children. When this opportunity came along, we couldn’t pass it by. It is vital all children and young adults receive their vaccines.”
“While the numbers may seem small, the program helps bring down the vaccine delinquency rate for the school district,” says Esther Yaniv, MD, chair of the TCMS Public Relations Committee.
Often, students who need the free physicals also need to be brought current on their immunizations. “For some students, this is their only well visit,” added Dr. Yaniv.
Pictured above: An Austin middle school student receives a vaccination at the April 14th immunization clinic held at the Tony Burger Center.
Be Wise—Immunize is made possible thanks in part to generous multi-year grants from TMA Foundation donors, H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute.