Vouchers for free flu shots available for uninsured

December 28, 2010 6:13:52 PM PST
A national medical experiment is now underway in the Houston area. It is one of eight cities in which the federal government is trying out a public-private partnership to increase the vaccination rate. The program includes $10 million worth of free vaccines provided by Walgreens and having faith-based organizations educate their congregations about the importance of getting a flu shot.

The lessons learned from this program will help the Department of Health perfect its future flu season plans.

The Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) has begun giving out the free flu shot vouchers to uninsured people. Each voucher covers the cost of a flu shot and its administration at any area Walgreens pharmacy. There are no costs or fees to voucher recipients.

Vouchers are available at nine HDHHS multi-service centers during business hours. The multi-service centers and their addresses are below:

    Denver Harbor, 6402 Market Street
    Acres Homes, 6719 W. Montgomery
    Fifth Ward, 4014 Market Street
    Hiram Clarke, 3810 West Fuqua
    Kashmere, 4802 Lockwood
    Northeast, 9720 Spaulding
    Southwest, 6400 High Star
    Third Ward, 3611 Ennis Street
    West End, 170 Heights Blvd

Each recipient may request a single voucher or multiple vouchers depending on the size of family. Vouchers expire April 15, 2011.


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