Flu shots at festival

Vaccinations available for free at Medora event

Free flu shots for the uninsured and underinsured will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3 during the Medora Christmas Festival.

FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, together with Walgreens and United Way, are providing flu vaccinations through a series of community health clinic events to make them more accessible in underserved communities throughout the country, according to a news release from Jackson County United Way.

“The opportunity to bring free flu shots to anyone in our community is a great service to offer,” said Tonja Couch, executive director of Jackson County United Way.

“When we’ve reached out for partnership locally with fall festivals all were receptive and believe we will be able to serve at least 100 residents,” Couch said. “We were pleased to help 70 residents this October get vaccinated through the partnership with the Seymour Oktoberfest and Fort Vallonia Days.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for anyone six months of age or older to help protect against the seasonal flu epidemic. December through March is peak season for flu activity and individuals are urged to take preventative measures to keep themselves and those around them healthy.

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community, Couch said.

The vouchers are good for a no-cost flu shot administered by Walgreens at the event. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last and are provided by Walgreens as part of a nationwide program that helps to make flu shots available to those without health insurance coverage or are unable to afford a flu shot. No ID or registration is required. Individuals over the age of 11 are eligible.

In addition to getting your flu shot, FamilyWize offers the following tips to help prevent the flu:

1. Wash your hands as often and thoroughly as possible with soap and water. If soap is not available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

2. Avoid leaving your home for school, work and errands when you are sick. Experts recommend you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.

3. Do your best to avoid close contact with people who are sick. You should also avoid close contact with others when you are sick.

4. Viruses often spread when a person touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth after exposure to the virus. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.

5. Clean and disinfect anything that may be contaminated with germs.

“At FamilyWize, we care about Americans affording what they need to stay healthy. Whether it’s prescription medications or preventative vaccines, our mission is to support the communities we serve and make a happy, healthy life accessible,” said Joseph Sanginiti, president and COO of FamilyWize.

For individuals affected by the flu and prescribed to antiviral drugs, visit familywize.org or download the app to find out how you can save on average 43 percent on your prescription medications. To join FamilyWize, download the app at familywize.org/prescription-savings-card/get-your-free-card.

If you go

What: Vouchers for free flu shots for the uninsured and underinsured

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3 during the Medora Christmas Festival.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.