Texas NAACP Health Committee Director Carol Moore is a champion for flu vaccinations.
“We want to get more veterans and their families covered for flu,” said Texas NAACP Health Committee Director Carol Moore about the organization’s push to educate veterans about flu and provide flu vaccines.
The Texas NAACP hosted five veteran outreach events for the 2016-17 flu season. About 300 veterans attended the first event in Killeen, TX. A second event in El Paso was also well-attended.
Veterans, military personnel, and military families are covered by TRICARE, which fully covers an annual flu vaccination for enrolled children and adults.
Moore urges anyone considering veteran or military family outreach to contact TRICARE first to make sure the program meets coverage requirements. For example, TRICARE will cover flu vaccinations from participating network pharmacies only if the vaccine is administered by a pharmacist.
Moore added that veteran outreach on college campuses has been successful for the NAACP because many veterans transitioning to civilian life are enrolled in college courses. She also recommends offering multiple physical and mental health services at events, in addition to flu vaccination outreach, to attract the most attendees.
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