About 10 volunteers registered residents and administered more than 200 free flu shots Wednesday at Metroplex Health System in Killeen.
“We do flu clinics frequently for the community,” said Nance Travis, volunteer service coordinator. It’s a team effort that allows volunteers and nurses to work together as well as establish a strong relationship between the hospital and the community.
“Metroplex gives away literally millions of dollars in health care for free and this is an example of it,” Travis said.
The Greater Killeen Free Clinic administered about 450 free flu shots since October and has 200 doses left for uninsured residents.
“There’s quite a few people sick with the flu. We just want to give back to the community that we serve,” said Marlene DiLillo, executive director of the Greater Killeen Free Clinic. She said she hopes uninsured residents who normally wouldn’t be able to afford the shot come out to the clinic to help minimize the number of people who get the flu this season.
Metroplex will distribute flu shots to residents while supplies last.
“If the need is there, we’re planning another (free flu shot clinic),” Travis said.
James Shaw, who helped with Metroplex’s free clinic, turned down a job in order to volunteer at the hospital.
“It is a Christian hospital and it’s a nice environment to work in,” said the freshman at Central Texas College, who started volunteering about a month ago. “I like the service they provide.”
Although the hectic day started with residents showing up an hour before the clinic opened, Shaw said it went pretty well.
“It does help out a lot because I know a lot of people don’t have good health coverage,” he said.