The flu is a common, yet serious viral infection that leads to the hospitalization of 200,000 Americans every year. Two local nonprofits have teamed up to make a difference in New Orleans healthcare.
On Monday, October 26, join Tales of the Cocktail and New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation at Marigny Dat Dog for Shots for Shots, a first-ever flu shot drive for New Orleans’ hospitality and cultural workers.
Local bartenders, musicians, and service industry workers will be able to receive free flu shots courtesy of Crescent Care Health and Wellness Center for this year’s flu season. Everyone who gets immunized will have the chance to throw a pie at several high-profile bartenders and tourism industry leaders.
Shots for Shots is part of an on-going collaboration between Tales of the Cocktail and New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation to promote health and wellness to the city’s service industry. Musicians, restaurant workers, and bartenders are the backbone for the city’s thriving tourism industry, which attracts more than nine million visitors every year.
“Musicians and service workers make their living based on how many gigs or shifts they can work in a cash-based economy- if they have the flue, they can’t make money. If they go to work with influenza they run the risk of getting their band, coworkers, and customers sick. Keeping our music culture well is our mission,” said Erica Dudas, Managing Director of the Musicians’ Assistance Foundation.
Along with complimentary immunizations, the event will provide complimentary lunch and cocktails courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum. Sunday’s Baking Company will provide the pies while Cathead Vodka sponsors live music with performances by Margie Perez and Lynn Drury.