Annual Flu Shot Clinic Turns 20
Saturday, September 16, 2023
The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital is proud to have funded BJC HealthCare's annual free flu shot clinics for the past 20 years, amounting to more than 275,000 vaccines administered to St. Louis area residents. By providing free vaccinations, these clinics are instrumental in preventing the spread of influenza and safeguarding community health.
Influenza is highly contagious and can lead to severe health complications and even death, especially among vulnerable groups such as the elderly, children, and those with weakened immune systems. Increased infection rates can lead to surges in hospital admissions and doctor’s office visits, straining the health care system. Through free, preventative vaccinations, we help alleviate this burden, ensuring that medical resources can be allocated to other critical health care needs.
BJC’s free flu shot clinics also reach underserved populations who often face barriers to obtaining essential vaccinations due to income level or lack of insurance. This effort ensures that everyone can receive protection against the flu and contributes to the broader goal of public health awareness, emphasizing the importance of immunizations as a preventive measure and encouraging individuals to stay up to date with other vaccinations.
Each of us has a role to play in protecting ourselves and others from seasonal illness, and we take that responsibility to heart at the Foundation. The flu shot clinics and other collaborative efforts across BJC rely on philanthropic support to help foster community wellness so our neighbors can live happier, healthier lives. We're grateful for the opportunity to back initiatives such as these thanks to generous donor support.