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Methodist SL Hospital to Provide Free Flu Shots to Benefit Santa’s Exchange

(Front row) Amy Saenz, Leena Taneja; (back row) Eva Short; Jackie Freeman; and Kaelyn Stolhand

Sugar Land Exchange, Sugar Land Rotary partner for Nov. 13 event

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, in collaboration with Fort Bend and Sugar Land Exchange Club and the Sugar Land Rotary, will provide free flu shots on Saturday, Nov. 13, to community members who participate in Santa’s Gift Exchange. Fort Bend residents can bring a new, unwrapped toy or clothing item to the new main lobby of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital from 8 a.m. to noon in exchange for a 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 once again to provide this community offering. This is a great way for the community to stay healthy while also putting smiles on children’s faces during the holiday season,” said Chris Siebenaler, CEO of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

In 2009, Santa’s Gift Exchange provided toys and clothing to more than 3,000 economically disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County. Organizers of Santa’s Gift Exchange 2010 are anticipating an equal or greater number of qualifying families due to recent economic downturns. “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 Jennipher Cole, chair of Santa’s Gift Exchange 2010. “We are looking forward to partnering with Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for a third year. What better way than to get a flu shot and in return you are able to give back to the children in this community,” says Amy Mitchell, president of Sugar Land Exchange Club.

“Our community is well known for it’s 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.

The flu vaccine is formulated to provide protection against three different flu viruses — H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B. 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.

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