Fighting Flu Starts With You

As you already know, providing flu shots is one of the best and easiest ways to keep people from getting sick.

But what happens if you get sick?

Here's a suggestion: Start with a dose of you own medicine and get a flu shot. Once you've done that (you're not afraid of needles, are you?), you can help keep the entire community healthy through vaccinations.

And if you need help setting up a flu shot clinic, turn to the TMA Be Wise — ImmunizeSM  program, particularly in October.

Why in October? Because Oct. 1 is Influenza Awareness Day, which the Texas Legislature created in 2013 to raise awareness of the health risks associated with the flu. TMA needs your help to reach our goal of 12 shot clinics around the state in October. 

Be Wise — Immunize has tools you can use during the fast-approaching influenza season:  

  • Provide flu facts at a glance with TMA's flu infographic (in English and Spanish). Post a copy in your waiting room, download it to your website or Facebook page, or hand out copies. 
  • Share more in-depth information about the importance of an annual flu vaccination with TMA's flu fact sheet (in English and Spanish).  
  • Remind your employees about the importance of getting their flu vaccination with this poster to hang in your break room or other areas where your staff gather. 
  • Use TMA's educational and giveaway items at your Be Wise — Immunize flu shot clinic in October.  

To order flu materials or to learn about hosting a shot clinic, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA's outreach coordinator, at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470, or (512) 370-1470.

Be Wise — Immunize is a joint initiative led by TMA physicians and the TMA Alliance, funded in 2017 by the TMA Foundation through generous grants from H-E-B and 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. 15, 2017

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