It’s nearly impossible to understate the importance of the flu vaccine.

Given the sophistication of modern medicine and medical technology, it can be quite easy for the public to believe that illnesses such as the flu cannot cause us more than a few days of discomfort. However, as medical professionals we know the truth is that, while modern medicine has prevented flu pandemics in recent years, the flu virus can still be just as deadly as it was centuries ago without the proper preventive treatment.

FastMed, a Practice Velocity customer based in North Carolina, decided to take a proactive approach to this year’s flu season by offering free seasonal flu vaccines to one of the virus’ high risk groups. Starting at the beginning of January, UCA began offering free vaccines to all children and youths ages 4 through college students.

Then, literally days after they began their preventive care campaign, media outlets in the area reported that a 15-year-old, whose gender was withheld in initial reports, died from complications associated with the flu, which has now become widespread throughout state. The Charlotte Observer reported in their January 7 article  that the teen had not been vaccinated. After the teen’s death, the response UCA received to its offer of free vaccinations was tremendous. The teen’s tragic death served as a wake-up call to the public, who otherwise may not have considered flu vaccination a high priority.

With their preventive care campaign already in full swing, UCA was ready for the influx of patients.One can only wonder if one of these free flu shots ended up preventing flu and saving the life of another young person. If it didn’t save a life, one can be sure that the shots in aggregate prevented lots of lost school days and lots of aches and misery.

Practice Velocity congratulates Urgent Cares of America for its outstanding contribution to their community.