November 20, 2017

Flu vaccines provided to Birmingham’s homeless community at no cost

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homeless man coughingThe University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Infectious Diseases partnered with One Roof to provide complimentary flu vaccines to the homeless in Birmingham during National Homeless Awareness Week.

“The flu affects people across all demographics,” said Bernard Camins, M.D., associate professor in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases. “By providing flu shots to those who may not otherwise have access to the vaccine, we are helping protect vulnerable populations.”

One Roof is working with the Jefferson County Health Department and Alabama Regional Medical Services to administer the vaccine at The Salvation Army, Pathways and Faith Chapel Care Center during the week of Nov. 13.

“Individuals and families experiencing homelessness are among our most vulnerable populations in our community,” said Gordon Sullivan, director of Operations for One Roof. “Thanks to the generosity and collaborations among these partner agencies, our community is able to better the health of our homeless neighbors.”

One Roof is a nonprofit organization committed to equipping and empowering the Birmingham community to prevent and end homelessness through advocacy, education and coordination of services.