Low-income families who went to the Arlington Urban Ministries mobile pantry food distribution event Oct. 5 also received free flu shots. FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, together with Walgreens and United Way, are working together to provide flu shots for uninsured and underinsured residents, and to encourage preventive measures heading into the winter months and the peak of flu season.
About 150 flu shots were given in Arlington on a first-come, first-served basis while the supply lasted and were 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. Forty percent of those who received the shots said they usually don’t get a shot or that they had not had one in over three years. More of the free shots will be offered at Mission Central in Hurst Nov. 11 at a mobile pantry fresh food give-away event.
In addition to getting your flu shot, FamilyWize offers the following tips to help prevent the flu:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keep Your Surroundings Clean: Clean and disinfect anything that may be contaminated with germs.
Since 2005, FamilyWize and its partners have helped almost 10 million Americans live healthier lives by saving them more than $1 billion on life-saving prescription drugs. By aggregating large groups of patients, FamilyWize advocates and negotiates for deep discounts on prescription drugs which it then passes on in full to patients. To join FamilyWize, download the FamilyWize app here.