Pneumonia vaccine accessible to patients at Hannibal Free Clinic thanks to grant

L to R: Sharon Webster, clinic coordinator for Hannibal Free Clinic, Lydia Ahrens, vice chairman for the Community Foundation and Phillip Krupps, chairman of Community Foundation.

The Hannibal Free Clinic recently received a $2,000 grant from the Community Foundation.

This grant, partnered with the Merck Vaccine Patient Assistance Program, will allow for future patients of the Free Clinic to have access to the pneumonia vaccine.

The Pneumovax 23 vaccine is important to patients with chronic conditions like COPD, asthma and diabetes mellitus among others.

Since 2007, the Hannibal Free Clinic has provided basic health services for adults from six counties in Northeast Missouri who do not have insurance, Medicare or Medicaid and have lower income levels.

The Hannibal Free Clinic is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that receives no federal or state government funding and relies on donations from individuals, organizations or grants for total funding.

All medical providers, as well as support staff, are volunteers. Clinic manager services are donated by Hannibal Regional Healthcare Systems.

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