Austin State University (SFA) Student Health Services has received a $1,992
grant from the Texas
Medical Association (TMA) Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program to
provide free flu vaccinations to students this fall.
Wise — Immunize grant will help expand SFA Student Health Services’ flu
vaccination outreach. Last year, 130 students received a free flu vaccination
on a first-come basis, and the entire supply was used in 90 minutes, said Penny
Jeffery, MD, director of Health Services at SFA. “This year, we plan to provide
more than 160 free flu shots for those who don’t have insurance to cover a
shot,” she said. “And, those with insurance also can get a shot without any
co-pay or deductible.”
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, 26 grants totaling more than $40,000 have been
awarded to Texas communities.
One out of five Texans will get influenza, or the flu, this
year. Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory virus much more severe than
a common cold that can keep you sick for seven to 10 days. Even healthy people
can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.
Dr. Jeffery said, “We want to keep our students healthy and
help prevent a flu outbreak on campus and throughout Nacogdoches.”
Be Wise — Immunize and the Local Impact Grants are funded by
the TMA Foundation
(TMAF), 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.
— Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.