Daybreak participants to get free flu shots

Medical Center, Navicent Health -- along with community partners including Mercer University and Georgia College & State University -- will provide influenza vaccinations for participants in Daybreak.

The Medical Center will donate up to 300 vaccines to immunize homeless individuals who participate in Daybreak’s service, according to a news release.

“Studies have shown that the homeless often deal with respiratory issues,” Ninfa Saunders, president and CEO of Navicent Health, said in the release. “By working with Daybreak’s clinic to immunize this population against the flu, we are providing a preventative service and vaccinating a population that would likely not receive the flu vaccine.”

While Daybreak, a project of DePaul USA, operates a primary care clinic staffed with nurse practitioners, immunization-certified students from Mercer and Georgia College will also volunteer to administer the vaccinations. Homeless individuals who have visited Daybreak’s primary care clinic or participated in other Daybreak services will be able to receive the flu vaccination at no charge.