Caring Foundation of Texas Rolls Out New Fleet to
Continue Improving Health in Texas
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
August is National Immunization Awareness month, and planning is well underway to prepare for the busy Back-to-School season. Last month, the Caring Foundation of Texas celebrated a major milestone with the unveiling of five new Care Vans and launched its new branding and logos.
The vehicles – the first new Care Van fleet rolled out by the foundation in 20 years – will anchor community outreach efforts which started in 1991. The Care Vans, the foundation’s signature program, hit the road in 1997. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas serves as the foundation’s statewide sponsor covering all the administrative costs.
In addition to unveiling a new Care Van fleet, two new immunization initiatives – one targeting pregnant women and the other for uninsured senior adults – were announced.
Immunizations are important for expectant mothers, so the Care Van program, in conjunction with select community partners, will now provide whooping cough and flu vaccines to pregnant women 19 years and older. These vaccines may help protect mothers and unborn children from vaccine-preventable diseases. Through this effort, the foundation hopes to make a small impact in improving Texas’ maternal death rates.
Additionally, teaming with community partners serving as host sites and extending services to grandparents visiting outreach clinics, the Care Van Program will now provide flu and Tdap immunizations to uninsured senior adults. Several preventable diseases cause significant illness and even death in unvaccinated adults. Both adult immunization initiatives are supported by special grant funding.
During August, Care Vans will continue collaborating with several independent school districts to provide immunizations during select school registration days or back-to-school events. Making sure children of all ages get all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things you can do as a parent or guardian. It helps ensure a child’s long-term health -- as well as the health of friends, classmates and others in your community.
Through mobile outreach, the Care Van Program will serve nearly 10,000 students this fall. View a schedule of Care Van outreach clinics or event dates in your community.
The foundation is thankful for the support of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas as we continue our work of helping improve the health of Texas!
The foundation is sponsored statewide by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas covering all administrative costs for the organization.