Students receive flu shots during school

Students receive flu shots during school

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - A Worth county school is trying to be proactive this flu season by administering vaccines during the school day.

More than 100 students from Worth County Elementary school received their flu shots Friday.

The Worth County Health Department offered the shots to consenting students, regardless of their insurance status.

School Principal Dr. Steven Rouse said the clinic will also help reduce school absenteeism.

"Once they get the flu or flu-like symptoms, you're looking at a minimum of three to five days of being out of school," said Dr. Rouse. "So if we can get ahead of the curve of this and get as many kids vaccinated, it's only going to help our school wide attendance."

Dr. Rouse said the clinic came at an extremely convenient time, as they see a spike in ill-related absences in October and November.

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