These Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants were approved in 2014:
Miguel A. Cavazos Jr., MD, Laredo, and Pediatric Associates of Laredo: Children and adults will receive free flu vaccinations, and adults will receive Tdap vaccinations to protect them from tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). The event will be in collaboration with Texas A&M International University.
Cuero Community Hospital: Senior citizens learned about the importance of being vaccinated against shingles, and 10 attendees received a free vaccination. Drs. Deborah Aguilar, Daniel Dugi, Mark Heard, Raymond Reese, and Michael R. McLeod participated in the project, which extended beyond Cuero to Goliad, Kenedy, Nixon, and Yorktown.
Penny E. Jeffery, MD, Nacogdoches, and Stephen F. Austin State University Student Health Services: Two-hundred and five college students received a flu vaccination at a shot clinic that was expanded from the first Be Wise — Immunize event in 2013.
Lamia Kadir, MD, Austin: Austin residents received a free flu vaccination at a health fair in January sponsored by the physician.
Arti Lal, MD, Austin, and Baylor Scott & White Avery Ranch Clinic: Children and adults received free flu vaccinations at a clinic-sponsored health fair in November.
Love to Share Foundation America: Brazoria County children and adults received free flu vaccinations, and senior citizens received bacterial pneumonia vaccinations at the Life and Soul Health Fair in November. TMA members Lekshmi Nair, MD, and Hema Salvady, MD, participated in the annual event.
Jonathan E. MacClements, MD, now of Austin, and Northeast Texas Health District: A local vaccination coalition gave HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccinations to females aged 11-26.
James A. Mobley, MD, Portland: Medical Arts Clinic of Portland, in conjunction with several community organizations, helped prevent pertussis in infants by vaccinating 40 low-income parents and grandparents in the Coastal Bend area of Texas, where several infants died of pertussis in 2013.
Nueces County Medical Society (CMS) Alliance: To meet a requirement to attend college in Texas, 150 incoming Del Mar College students were vaccinated against meningococcal disease.
Sidney T. Robin, MD, Austin, and Passport Health: Passport Health will provide adult vaccinations to a low-income community in San Antonio.
Smith CMS Alliance: The alliance provided 116 vaccinations to protect childcare workers, parents, and children at a local day care center against flu and other preventable childhood diseases.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine TMA chapter: Underserved and uninsured women received needed vaccinations during a Women’s Health Day at the Lubbock Impact/TTUHSC Free Clinic.
TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine TMA chapter: Medical students worked with the Department of Public Health-City of El Paso to provide free vaccinations to 50 children and adults in the Ysleta community at the RotaCare/Texas Tech Free Clinic.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine TMA chapter: Medical students vaccinated 62 San Antonio residents at a local homeless shelter against the flu.
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (UT Health) TMA chapter: Families in Cameron County received 90 flu vaccinations through Frontera de Salud Texas-Mexico Border Health Service Initiative.
UT Health TMA chapter: In collaboration with Harris Health System’s TroubleShooters immunization program, medical students provided free vaccinations to children and adolescents in impoverished areas of Harris County.
Stephen B. Vaughn, MD, Fort Worth: Flu vaccinations were provided to 209 low-income Haltom City residents at a local health fair in October.
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