Since statistics show that few people get vaccinated against influenza after the end of November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 3-9, 2017) to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination. Annual flu vaccines are the best way to reduce one’s risk of getting sick with seasonal influenza and spreading it to others. When more people in a community are vaccinated, less flu will spread throughout that community.

Since the beginning of flu season, we’ve been helping people protect themselves by providing flu shots in our clinics and out in the community. So far this year, in addition to the vaccines that were provided to patients at our clinical locations, our outreach team has provided nearly 1,000 community members with free flu vaccines at the following locations and events:

• Intercultural Senior Center (89 vaccines)
• OneWorld’s public Women’s Health Night (88 vaccines)
• Los Solesitos daycare (13 vaccines)
• Binational Health Week health fair at Metropolitan Community College (185 vaccines)
• Latino Center of the Midlands (31 vaccines)
• Imagination Station daycare (5 vaccines)
• Children’s Express Childcare & Learning Center (12 vaccines)
• Latino Center of the Midlands (32 vaccines)
• Yates Community Center’s refugee population (133 vaccines)
• Bryan High School’s parent-teacher conferences (49 vaccines)
• Liberty Elementary’s parent-teacher conferences (27 vaccines)
• Spring Lake Elementary’s parent-teacher conferences (31 vaccines)
• Indian Hill Elemenary’s parent-teacher conferences (40 vaccines)
• Latino Center of the Midlands (13 vaccines)
• Karen refugees at Sunday church service (77 vaccines)
• Learning Community Center of South Omaha/Gateway Elementary School (73 vaccines)
• Kids Can Community Center (10 vaccines)
• Familias en Accion (17)
• OneWorld’s Fathers Program (30 vaccines)
• ESL classes at St. Augustine Church (25)
• Refugee Empowerment Center (18)

These flu vaccines are possible thanks to generous donations from Nebraska Beef and Methodist Health System.

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