Plan a Be Wise Clinic on Influenza Awareness Day

The Texas Legislature declared Oct. 1 as Influenza Awareness Day to educate Texans about the health risks associated with the flu. An annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone older than 6 months. Every year, as many as one in five people get the flu.

Join TMA's Be Wise — ImmunizeSM to help fight the flu by sponsoring an education event or shot clinic.

Start planning your Oct. 1 flu education event or shot clinic now.

Apply for a Grant 
Be Wise — Immunize is accepting grant applications until Oct. 1 for local vaccination programs. Grants of $500 to $2,000 are available to county medical societies (CMSs), TMA Alliance chapters, medical student chapters, and TMA member-physician practices and clinics. Grants can fund new or expanded shot clinics or coalition activity to immunize underserved and uninsured children, adolescents, and/or adults.

In March, local-impact grants were awarded for projects by Parkside Family Clinic in Cuero, Presidio County Health Services, Stephen F. Austin State University Health Services, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine TMA chapter, and The University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine TMA chapter.

TMA launched the Be Wise — Immunize in 2004 to increase Texas' immunization rates. Since then, the program has provided more than 234,000 shots to Texas children, adolescents, and adults.

For more information, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA's outreach coordinator, by email or call (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470, or (512) 370-1470.

Be Wise — Immunize is a joint initiative led by TMA physicians and the TMA Alliance. Funding for Be Wise —Immunize is provided by the TMA Foundation thanks to generous support from HEB, TMF Health Quality Institute, and gifts from physicians and their families.

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

Action, Aug. 1, 2013