STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
MARBLE FALLS — The death of a child prompted Becky Fox, director of development for Seton Highland Lakes, to approach Care-A-Van workers about offering free flu shots to youths.
The child died from the flu.
As a result, for the third year, the Care-A-Van will be in two locations Saturday, Oct. 21: Lake Shores Church, 700 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls, from 9 a.m.-noon, and the Burnet Fire Station, U.S. 281 South in Burnet, from 1-3 p.m. Children ages 6 months to 18 years will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Flu mist option will not be available.
The flu shots are funded by the Children’s Healthcare Endowment.
“We’re getting the flu shots to kids whose parents don’t have the money to do that,” said Lynn Wisdom, community outreach coordinator. “That’s what this person was hoping.”
Wisdom said workers are hoping to see 60 children at each location.
“This is for kids who aren’t on Medicaid, or they have health insurance, but they can’t afford to go to the doctor because the deductible is so high.”
For children who are on Medicaid, parents can make an appointment with the Care-A-Van for flu shots covered by that program. Call (830) 596-3081.