Partnership for FREE Flu Shots at Ft. Vallonia Days

FamilyWize, Walgreens, Jackson County United Way and Covering Kids and Families Collaborate to Encourage Preventive Measures to Protect Against Influenza

Flu vaccine vouchers donated by Walgreens and the Department of Health and Human Services provided at Fort Vallonia Days in Vallonia on October 20th, 2018.

FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, together with Walgreens, the Department of Health and Human Services, Jackson County United Way Covering Kids and Families, are providing a no cost flu clinic to make the flu vaccination more accessible in underserved parts of the county. These organizations are working together to help deliver flu vaccines for uninsured and underinsured residents, and encourage preventive measures heading into the winter months and the peak of flu season.

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccination for anyone six months of age and 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.

From 11 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, October 20th, at Christian Church, 2344 S Main in Vallonia, Walgreens will be administering no cost flu vaccines for all those who qualify for a flu vaccine voucher.  “We are thankful to be able to offer free flu shots again at Fort Vallonia Days.  Visitors probably wouldn’t expect to get a flu shot at Fort Vallonia Days, but hopefully people will take advantage of the opportunity!  Offering flu shots also ties in nicely with having the bloodmobile on site for the festival, too!” says Amanda Lowery, Secretary/Public Relations for Fort Vallonia Days.   

The vouchers are 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 vaccines available to those without health insurance coverage or are unable to afford a flu vaccination.

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

  1. Clean Your Hands: 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. Stay Home: 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. Avoid Close Contact: 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. Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose, or Mouth: 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. Keep Your Surroundings Clean: Clean and disinfect anything that may be contaminated with germs.

“At United Way Covering Kids and Families, we care about Jackson County residents affording what they need to stay healthy. Whether it is prescription medications, health coverage, or preventive vaccines, our mission is to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our county,” said Stephanie Strothmann, Community Impact Director.

For individuals affected by the flu and prescribed antiviral drugs, visit www.familywize.org and download the Apple or Android mobile app to find out how you can save an average of 45% on all FDA-approved medications.

JCUW’s FamilyWize Community Service Partnership was established to reduce the cost of prescriptions for people who live and work in Jackson County. Since this program began, the FamilyWize-United Way partnership with local pharmacies has saved people living here more than $694,335 on everyday prescription costs for conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and many others.  For a free Prescription Drug Discount Card, visit Jackson County United Way or call Stephanie at 812-271-1782.