Flu season has been especially severe this year in north Texas. Earlier this month, the Walgreens flu index ranked Dallas-Fort Worth the seventh most active metropolitan area in the country, prompting area hospitals to push flu prevention more than usual.
But those reminders can often miss the most vulnerable in the community – so a roving flu clinic in Fort Worth is closing the gap.
North Texas has finally thawed from weeks of frigid temperatures – and the outreach team at John Peter Smith Hospital has hit the streets to give as many flu shots as possible to Fort Worth’s homeless. Nurses have set up a flu station at Unity Park, a small plot of land managed by the Feed by Grace Ministry, where many of the city’s homeless congregate on Saturday mornings.