At Fourth Street Clinic colder days and longer nights signal the need to vaccinate homeless Utahns against flu, pneumonia and pertussis (whopping cough). "Several government, health care agencies and pharmacies donate vaccines," says Fourth Street Clinic Medical Director Christina Gallop, MD, "but donated supplies are limited and often don't come in until late into the winter season. The best (and cheapest) defense is to inoculate at the beginning of winter.
Homeless Utahns are at a higher risk for viral infections as well as for experiencing complications that can lead to emergency room usage, hospitalizations, or even death. "What could have been prevented with a $10 or $60 vaccine, then costs hundred if not thousands to treat," says Dr. Gallop. Donations will help Fourth Street Clinic vaccinate 2,200 homeless Utahns before Christmas. For more information or to make a tax-deductible, secure donation, visit www.fourthstreetclinic.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 801.364.0058 ext. 1364.