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For further information, contact:
Connie Heflin
Executive Director
(260) 413-5691
connie.heflin@supershot.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Super Shot Receives $40,000 Grant from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation

Fort Wayne, Indiana – February 5, 2024

Super Shot Inc., of Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation. This grant will protect over 12,000 children and 3,000 adults from vaccine-preventable diseases through Super Shot’s community immunization clinics and services.

Super Shot has a long history of support from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation as Sister Mary Conrad Kirchhoff, a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ, brought key community leaders together to address Fort Wayne’s low immunization rate in 1993.  Through her work and determination, Super Shot was founded, and continues to keep the community healthy decades later.  Her legacy of compassion and care for children continues thanks to the generous support of the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation.

“We are deeply grateful for the partnership and support of the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation.  This donation will provide immunizations to children and adults who need our services regardless of their ability to pay. We are humbled to advance Sister Mary Conrad’s vision of all children in our community having access to immunizations.”- Connie Heflin; Executive Director Super Shot.

Super Shot serves children who are covered by the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) and provides immunizations to underinsured or uninsured adults and children. If uninsured or underinsured, there is a $20 administration fee per immunization, but Super Shot will turn no one away for inability to pay. Super Shot also accepts most commercial insurance plans.

 

 


For further information, contact:
Connie Heflin
Executive Director
(260) 413-5691
connie.heflin@supershot.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SUPER SHOT, INC. RECEIVES SIGNIFICANT HEALTH FIRST ALLEN COUNTY GRANT
TO ADVANCE VACCINATION INITIATIVES

Funding addresses critical need for vaccination services in Allen County

December 18, 2023, FORT WAYNE, IN—Super Shot, Inc. has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Allen County Department of Health’s pivotal Health First Allen County program, a new state and local partnership to provide funding for local health departments to improve core public health services through community partners. The grant for Super Shot aims to bolster access to adult and childhood immunizations within our community.

“Indiana currently holds the 40th spot in the United States for the percentage of children fully immunized by 24 months,* a statistic that calls for our collective attention,” shared Connie Heflin, the Executive Director of Super Shot. “The additional funding from Health First Allen County will help Super Shot safeguard more children as well as adults in our community from preventable diseases.”

The grant will enable Super Shot, a non-profit funded solely through public and private donations, to sustain and expand vaccination services and provide vaccination education.

Super Shot offers all Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-recommended vaccinations for children and adults through its 1515 Hobson Road clinic, school-based clinics, and community outreach clinics. Super Shot is also one of the few Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers in Fort Wayne—a federal program that provides free vaccines from the CDC to protect eligible babies, young children, and adolescents who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of financial constraints.

Super Shot is open weekdays, evenings, and weekends to provide flexibility for busy families. Medicaid and most commercial insurance are accepted. A nominal fee is requested for uninsured and underinsured children and adults, but no one is turned away for an inability to pay.

“This strategic investment by Health First Allen County reflects a shared commitment to fostering public health and safeguarding the well-being of our community members through comprehensive immunization initiative,” said Heflin. “Super Shot is honored to be a recipient of this grant and is dedicated to leveraging these funds to make a meaningful impact on the health of our community.”

About Super Shot, Inc.
Super Shot, Inc. is a local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting vaccination and offering convenient and affordable access to vaccines that protect the Fort Wayne community against preventable diseases. Over the past 30 years, Super Shot has administered more than 800,000 life-saving childhood and adult vaccinations.

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*America’s Health Rankings 2022 Annual Report: https://www.americashealthrankings.org/learn/reports/2022-annual-report


New ABRYSVO® Vaccine Empowers Expectant Moms
to Safeguard Newborns from RSV

Super Shot is now offering a new maternal vaccine, ABRYSVO®, that is approved for expectant moms between week 32 and week 36 of pregnancy to provide a crucial defense for newborns against complications from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).  

Protecting newborns against RSV is important because RSV can cause severe and potentially life-threatening infections in young babies. In fact, nearly 50% of all RSV hospitalizations during the first year occur during the first 3 months after birth, and 75-80% of hospitalizations due to RSV happened during the first 6 months of life.

ABRYSVO, the single-dose vaccine produced by Pfizer, helps the body create RSV antibodies that are passed from mom to her unborn baby. The antibodies help protect infants from getting sick with RSV from birth through 6 months.

Take charge of your baby’s health by talking to your healthcare team to determine if ABRYSVO is the right choice for you and your family. To schedule an appointment at Super Shot, call 260-424-7468 or click here on our website. Super Shot accepts almost all insurance plans. If uninsured, we can help cover the cost thanks to a grant from Aging and In Home Services* through December 31, 2023.

**This effort is supported by the administration for community living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through USAging as part of a financial assistance award to USAging totaling $74,999,835 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official view of, nor an endorsement, by USAging, ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.


Make a Date to Vaccinate:

Protect your family from winter respiratory viruses

Photo of coffee table with tissues and mugFlu season is here, and common sense strategies like handwashing, covering your cough and sneezes and staying home when you’re not feeling good are important. If you haven’t been vaccinated, it’s not too late!

  • Flu: It’s important for everyone over 6 months of age to receive a yearly flu vaccine to avoid risk of severe disease. While the vaccine won’t necessarily prevent flu infection, flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the severity of symptoms and prevent tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year.
  • COVID-19:  COVID-19 can be very contagious and spreads quickly. While most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, some people become severely ill. The updated COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for everyone over six months of age.
  • RSV: RSV is a respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover within a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for babies and older adults. In fact, it is the leading cause of hospitalization for infants under 12 months of age. RSV also results in over 10,000 deaths in elderly Americans.RSV vaccinations are recommended three groups:
    • Infants under 8 months of age: A new vaccine, Beyfortus®, was recently FDA approved. It is the first preventative vaccine for RSV approved to protect infants.
      Important for parents: The RSV immunization for infants, Beyfortus®, is only recommended for infants YOUNGER than 8 months. If your child is 8 months or older and at high risk, a doctor’s note indicating the reason and the required Beyfortus dosage must be provided to us at your visit to receive the vaccine. Your doctor may also fax the note to Super Shot at (260) 739-5623.
    • Expectant mothers between 32 and 36 weeks of pregnancy: The RSV vaccine Abrysvo® is recommended to prevent severe RSV disease in infants. This vaccine should typically be given September through January.
    • Adults 60+, especially those over 80 years of age and those over 70 with certain medical conditions, including chronic heart disease, chronic lung disease and diabetes. Two vaccines are available for those 60 and older. Only Abrysvo® is available from Super Shot.

To make an appointment for your seasonal vaccines at Super Shot, click here.

Thanks to our community partners

PHP Foundation
The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation
English Bonter Mitchell Foundation