FluMist Vaccines Available In Schools
GAINESVILLE-- Around 300 kids got a whiff of winter this morning at Glen Springs Elementary.
The flu mist vaccine is a nasal spray that is said to be safe to use from ages 3 to 49.
Every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the month of October the Alachua County Health Department will host three to four "health days," like the one this morning, in different schools.
Health workers say making sure kids get their vaccines not only protects them against the flu, but also protects the community.
"If we can vaccinate a very high percentage of our youth, we protect our elderly and our disabled. The youth, the younger they are, the more they spread the virus… they can spread it amongst each other and spread it to us. But if we can vaccinate a very high percentage of them, we can protect our community," said Pat Hughes, Health Services Supervisor for Alachua County Schools.
For more information and a complete calendar of locations and flu mist consent forms, visit the Alachua County Public Schools website.
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