Free flu shot

Flu Shot Toy Drive volunteers show off some of the toys they collected in 2020.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is once again offering Fort Bend and surrounding area residents the opportunity to donate a gift and receive a free flu shot.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land, 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, Oct. 9 to community members who participate in Santa’s Gift Exchange. Fort Bend and surrounding area residents can bring a new, unwrapped toy in exchange for a free flu shot. The toys will benefit children in the Fort Bend area.

“We are proud to partner again with the local Exchange and Rotary Clubs and Toys for Tots to provide this community offering,” said Chris Siebenaler, regional senior vice president & CEO of Houston Methodist Sugar Land. “Once again, we are doing a convenient drive-thru to make it easy to stay healthy and help the community while also putting smiles on children’s faces during the holiday season.”

In 2020, Santa’s Gift Exchange provided toys and clothing to nearly 5,000 economically disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County. “Everyone’s assistance is needed to meet the challenge of providing toys for children who will not have toys this year without our help,” said Jim Kij, spokesmen of Santa’s Exchange 2021.

“We’ve been working with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for 12 years, and we look forward to working together again this year. This is a great collaboration; get a flu shot and in return you are able to give back to the children in your community,” said Kij, a 20-year member of the Exchange Club of Sugar Land.

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

Anyone who wants to participate may bring a new, unwrapped toy to the drive-thru at the Cancer Center at Houston Methodist Sugar Land, 16675 Southwest Fwy., Sugar Land, between 8 and 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. One flu shot per unwrapped toy. No stuffed animals or clothing items allowed.

Please make sure to wait in your car and wear a mask.

For more information, please visit join.houstonmethodist.org/flushot-sl or call 281-274-7976. No appointment is necessary.

The flu kills as many as 20,000 people a year. The vaccine is indicated for active immunization for the prevention of influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and B. Vaccination with the flu vaccine may not protect all people who receive the vaccine. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will distribute a limited supply of the influenza vaccine to persons age 18 and over with no history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome or rubber latex allergy and who are not pregnant.

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