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Alex City Schools to offer FluMist for all students

Published 11:21am Monday, September 23, 2013

When the flu begins running rampant in a school, it can quickly spread throughout a community, as junior brings it home to mom and dad, parents take it with them to work, and influenza’s sniffles, coughs and aches keep spreading from there.
The Alexander City School System will try to stop that problem before it starts on Monday, as they offer students the FluMist influenza vaccine at all campuses Monday. Most parents should already have the consent forms, according to ACS Lead Nurse Charity Spann.
The “Teach Flu a Lesson” campaign is a statewide effort in its second year in Alexander City, she said. The FluMist vaccine that will be used is a painless, one-time spritz of live virus in both nostrils, though a short counseling session will be offered to ease the minds of younger students, Spann said.
“We’ve already seen a few flu cases reported in the city this year,” she said. “Hopefully if we can get more students vaccinated and keep them healthy, we can keep them here at school.
If they’re sick, they can’t get an education.”
It’s ACS’s second year in the program, and Spann said they’re hoping to draw a stronger turnout this year by getting the word out.
The clinic will be at Jim Pearson Elementary and Radney School from 8-10 a.m., then at Benjamin Russell High and Stephens School from 10 a.m. to noon, ending at Alexander City Middle School from noon to 2 p.m.
The cost of the vaccine will either be filed on a family’s insurance, with no out of pocket cost, or waived in cases where the child is uninsured, Spann said.
Any parents who didn’t receive the consent form should get in contact with their child’s school nurse to request one, she added.
For more information, check the school system website at alexcityschools.net.