“The homeless might not have the resources or a medical home to access the influenza vaccination,” explains Dr. Gloria Beecher, Director of Nursing, Fulton County Board of Health. “We targeted this population because they often suffer from other chronic diseases which put them at higher risks for complications if they get the flu,” Beecher further explains.
Vaccinating this vulnerable and often mobile population protects the residents in the shelters and helps to protect the health of the broader public at large. Outreach to the homeless shelters was a key strategy Fulton County BOH used to halt a deadly TB outbreak in 2014. The Board of Health was recognized by the CDC for its effective homeless outreach efforts.