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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Offers FREE FLU SHOTS to benefit Santa’s Exchange

Sugar Land, TX - 9/9/2013

With fall around the corner and the holiday season not far behind, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is once again offering Fort Bend residents the opportunity to “give a gift and beat the flu.”

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, in collaboration with the Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Fort Bend Exchange Club, Rotary Club of Sugar Land, Rotary Club of Fort Bend and Toys for Tots Fort Bend, is offering free flu shots on Saturday, November 2 to community members who participate in Santa’s Gift Exchange. Fort Bend and surrounding area residents can bring a new, unwrapped toy or clothing item to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital from 8 a.m. to noon in exchange for a free flu shot. The toys and clothing will benefit local children in the Fort Bend area.

“We are proud to partner with the local exchange clubs and Toys for Tots once again to provide this community offering,” said Chris Siebenaler, CEO of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “This is a great way for the community to stay healthy while also putting smiles on children’s faces during the holiday season.”

In 2012, Santa’s Gift Exchange provided toys and clothing to more than 4,000 economically disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County. “Everyone's help is needed to meet the challenge of providing toys for our children who will not have toys this year without our help,” said Farha Ahmed, co-chairman of Santa’s Gift Exchange 2013.

“We are looking forward to partnering with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for a sixth year. This is a great collaboration; get a flu shot and in return you are able to give back to the children in this community,” says Robert Kern, Exchange Club of Sugar Land President.

“Our community is well known for its philanthropic values so we encourage you to participate by dropping off toys or clothing even if you have already had your flu shot,” Siebenaler said.

If you would like to participate in this community event, please bring an unwrapped, new toy or clothing item to the main lobby of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital between the times of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 2.

The flu vaccine is formulated to provide protection against three different flu viruses – H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will be distributing a limited supply of the influenza vaccine to persons age 18 and over with no history of egg and/or latex allergy. If you are pregnant, please visit your OB/GYN or primary care physician to have your vaccine administered. For more information please call 281-275-0751.