Free flu shots for medically-underserved communities at four events in Wayne County
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10/30/2020 1:19:17 PM
Beaumont offers free flu shots for medically-underserved communities at four events in Wayne County.

Free flu shots for medically-underserved communities at four events in Wayne County

Beaumont Health

Free flu shots for medically-underserved communities at four events in Wayne County

Friday, October 30, 2020

Community flu-shot events sponsored by Beaumont’s Teen Health Centers

The CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index predicts how well a community will handle natural disasters and pandemics. Detroit and many Wayne County zip codes have some of the highest social vulnerability rates, which indicate a poor health response and high financial stress when these situations occur. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic combined with the start of flu season could create challenges. Experts are calling this perfect storm of events a “twindemic.”

“We’re offering free flu shots to help protect our at-risk communities from a potential twindemic,” said Maureen Murphy, a family medicine nurse practitioner, Beaumont Teen Health Center - River Rouge. “The opportunity to provide flu vaccinations within the community beyond our school clinics’ walls assists with people’s lack of access to medical care.”

From 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 30

From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Nov. 5 - 6

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10

Matthew Sims, M.D., Ph.D., director of Infectious Disease Research at Beaumont Health, says to get a flu shot because:

  • Two respiratory infections, COVID-19 and the flu, could break out at the same time and easily spread and require similar treatments.
  • People who test positive for one of these two infections may be more susceptible to contracting the other.
  • The flu can be very taxing to people and health care systems, but in combination with a second surge of COVID-19, the risk is that much greater.
  • One infection could make individuals much more vulnerable to the other, worsening outcomes.
  • The flu vaccine may provide added defense against COVID-19, which may be due to the flu vaccine priming the immune system to respond to COVID-19 and boosting immunity.

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