Free flu vaccines for local students

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By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor

Morgan County School System students will have the opportunity to receive flu vaccines free of charge this fall.

In partnership with the Northeast Georgia Health District and the Morgan County Health Department (MCHD), students will be administered a vaccine – either through a mist or injection – by MCHD personnel, provided they have permission from a parent or guardian, on Oct. 22 and 23 at school.

The initiative is part of a state-funded program, the “Stopping Flu at Schools Campaign.”

The completely voluntary program is being spearheaded by the MCHD. Assistant Superintendent Sarah Burbach told the county Board of Education at their meeting Monday that the MCHD is handling the consent forms, setting up and dismantling equipment the day of, administering the vaccines and training the schools’ nurses.

At present 562 of the county’s approximately 3,290 enrolled students – with more expected – will be administered the vaccine, Burbach said.

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