Local Medical Students Receive Grant to Provide Free Flu Shots

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) medical student chapter from the University of North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM) has received a $2,000 grant from TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program. The grant is helping students provide flu vaccinations to uninsured Hispanic residents in Fort Worth.

The student chapter gave more than 70 flu vaccinations to community members and participants in a UNTHSC geriatrics research study at Northside Community Health Center on Nov. 3. Medical students will host another flu shot clinic Nov. 17 with Mission Fort Worth, a volunteer-run health clinic that serves low-income, uninsured patients in a predominantly Hispanic area of the city.

Flu vaccinations are important, especially for children and seniors. Unfortunately, only 48 percent of Hispanics in Tarrant County were vaccinated against the flu in 2010. This is well below the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 goal of 90 percent for flu vaccinations.

The Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants, new this year, help physicians, medical students, and county medical society alliance members provide free vaccinations to underserved Texans. The UNTHSC-TCOM student chapter was among six organizations to receive a grant through this program in 2012. Since 2004, Be Wise program has given more than 234,000 shots to Texas children, adolescents, and adults.

Be Wise — Immunize and the local impact grants are funded by a grant TMA has received from the TMA Foundation thanks to generous support from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, and gifts from physicians and their families. Through this support, Be Wise — Immunize was able to provide grants totaling $9,500 to support vaccinations across Texas in 2012.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 46,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 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.

Nov. 15, 2012  

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