Thursday, October 30, 2008
Local clinic offers flu shots at polling places
On Election Day 2008, those going to two polling places in Holly Springs will find that they can do more than vote – they also can get a flu shot. Alliance Charitable Foundation is sponsoring Williams Medical Clinic’s participation in a nationwide pilot program to help improve the health of all Americans.
Williams Medical Clinic is one of a growing number of health organizations across the country participating in Vote & Vax, a national project to encourage the hosting of flu clinics at polling sites on Election Day.
“This is a great opportunity for everyone, but particularly adults 50 and older who are especially vulnerable to illness during flu season, to safely and conveniently receive a flu shot from a medical professional, while also voting,” says George Gwin, executive director of Alliance Charitable Foundation.
“This Election Day, more than 100 million Americans are expected to vote at their local community polling places. The Vote & Vax project provides a good solution to help our community protect its health during the upcoming flu season.”
Each year, as many as 60 million people in the United States come down with the flu. Hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and more than 36,000 people die as a result of the flu. The majority of those who die are adults 50 and older.
“Election Day represents a good opportunity for us to make further contact with a large cross section of the community,” explained Gwin. “Great effort is expended on Election Day to get people to the polls, and especially so this year. Because of this, we can offer vaccinations to many people who may otherwise not be reached.”
The polling places where Vote & Vax will be offered are: National Guard Armory, 720 East Salem Avenue; Eddie Smith Multi-Purpose Building, 235 North Memphis Street.
For more information about the Alliance Charitable Foundation’s Vote & Vax program with Williams Medical Clinic, call 662-252-5052, ext. 1005.
Alliance Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of our community through education and better access to quality health care.
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