TIRR Memorial Hermann, City of Houston, METRO partner to provide free flu shots
Hermann, the City of Houston Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and the
Metropolitan Transit Authority are partnering to provide free flu shots for
METRO riders and current or former patients of TIRR Memorial Hermann. The group
is hoping to reach people with disabilities who may benefit from convenient
access or need transportation assistance to get a flu shot. The flu drives will
take place at three locations throughout Houston from Nov. 17 through Nov. 20. To register, visit http://tirr.memorialhermann.org/patient-resources/flu-outreach/.
experts say this year, more than any other year, it’s extremely important that
everyone receives a flu shot. Flu shots are available for any current or former
TIRR Memorial Hermann patient as well as METROLift riders and are available on
a first come, first served/pre-registered basis.
our current and former patients and others in the community have access to a
flu shot is critically important,” said Rhonda Abbott, Interim Senior Vice
President and CEO of TIRR Memorial Hermann. “COVID-19 will likely be with us
throughout the duration of this flu season and reducing the chances of a flu
outbreak can help our health system not become overwhelmed as we continue to deal
with the pandemic. This effort is one way TIRR Memorial Hermann continues the
legacy of advocacy work that forms the foundation of our rehab network.”
The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of 6
months receive a flu shot every year. People over age 65, pregnant women,
people with cancer, diabetes or others with compromised immune systems are at
the highest risk of contracting the flu.
"METRO is proud to
support this important initiative. As we continue to fight the spread of
COVID-19, it is critical that all regional partners work together to help
mitigate any other potential health crisis. Ensuring everyone, especially those
with disabilities, can travel safely to receive a free flu shot is one way
we further protect our most vulnerable neighbors," said METRO President and CEO Tom Lambert.
“We are committed to advancing the efforts of our city partners
that seek to prioritize the health and safety of all Houstonians with
disabilities,” said Gabe Cazares Director of the City of Houston Mayor’s Office for People with
Disabilities. “As we make our way through this
pandemic, we stand by all programs that lessen the strain on our medical system
while providing much-needed support for our community.”
season usually runs from October to May. Keep in mind, it takes about two weeks
for the flu shot to take effect, so the time is now to get your annual shot.
flu – just like COVID-19 – hits older people and those with underlying health
conditions especially hard,” said Dr. David Persse, chief medical officer for
the City of Houston. “Along with the flu, we fully expect the virus that causes
COVID-19 to keep spreading this fall and winter and we need everyone to do
their part to protect themselves and their loves ones by getting a flu shot.”
register for a shot, visit http://tirr.memorialhermann.org/patient-resources/flu-outreach/ or call 832-393-4220.