JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
BURNET — Free flu vaccines for children six months to 18 years will be administered in four different locations throughout Burnet and Llano counties.
Last year, the free vaccinations were offered at Hill Country Fellowship and the Seton Highland Lakes Clinic.
But organizers have expanded it to four locations in four different cities with the aim of making it easier for residents to bring their children, said Lynn Wisdom, marketing coordinator for Seton Highland Lakes Hospital.
“It’s going to the same area the Care-A-Van goes to,” she said. “We want to take the vaccine to those same people: the underinsured and the uninsured. But it’s open to any (child or teenager).”
Each session is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The dates follow:
- Oct. 31 at Hill Country Fellowship, 200 Houston Clinton Drive in Burnet
- Nov. 7 at First Baptist Church, 3435 RR 1431 in Kingsland
- Nov. 14 at Lake Shores Church, 700 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls
- Nov. 21 at Grace United Methodist Church, 4007 CR 416 in Granite Shoals
Wisdom said congregations have offered their facilities, which are big enough to accommodate a large number of people.
“We have good partnerships with (churches) in the area,” she said.
The funding for the vaccinations comes from the Children’s Healthcare Endowment at Seton Highland Lakes Hospital and a grant from the Texas Medical Association.
Last year, 260 children took advantage of the free vaccine. Wisdom said volunteers are bracing for double that number this year.
And she hopes families make it a point to get vaccinated.
“The statistics show that children and older adults are the most at risk for severe complications with the flu,” she said. “With the children’s endowment, we have the funds to buy the vaccines.”