You know what everybody loves? Good stuff.
You know what everybody loves even more? More good stuff.
Sure, sometimes people say you can have too much of a good thing, but I prefer Mae West’s take on that: “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”
Lekshmi Nair, MD, of Pearland, knows about offering more good stuff. The family medicine physician has hosted a successful health fair in Brazoria County for several years, but she recently added vaccinations to the fall events with help from TMA’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program.
Be Wise works with physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members to improve vaccination rates in Texas through education and hands-on immunization clinics.
"Introducing vaccinations has added great value to the entire event," said Dr. Nair, who also has given away free bicycle helmets through TMA's Hard Hats for Little Heads program. "People call in advance to make sure they will receive the vaccine, showing the demand for vaccinations in the community.
"I also have noticed when vaccines are offered free, the barriers to immunize that physicians usually face in an office setting are overcome," she said. "Community members feel empowered and are more receptive to screenings, education, and vaccination."
Want to offer more of a good thing to your community?
TMA physicians/clinics, medical students, county medical societies, and TMA Alliance chapters can apply for a local impact grant of up to $2,500. Grantees have up to 12 months to use the funds.
TMA will receive grant applications until Nov. 1 for vaccination events in early 2018 (applicants should apply four to six months in advance). Another round of applications will be accepted March 1.
If you have questions, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA's outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470.
TMA actively works to improve vaccination rates in Texas through the Be Wise — Immunize program. More than 320,000 shots have been given to Texas children, adolescents, and adults since the program began in 2004.
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 major gifts from H-E-B and TMF Health Quality Institute, along with generous contributions from physicians and their families.
Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.