Flu season has arrived and the Florida Department of Health in Franklin County (DOH-Franklin) has made successful strides in providing influenza (flu) vaccinations in school settings. Each year, the DOH-Franklin School Health Team partners with the Franklin County School District to kick off a flu vaccination campaign. The campaign, which began in October, provides seasonal flu vaccinations to students and faculty during regular hours at each school location.
“Providing flu shots to children and school staff can help protect them from getting sick. We are proud of our flu shot campaign success and hope to continue to increase our vaccination numbers”, said Vanessa Edenfield, School Health Coordinator for the Florida Department of Health in Franklin County. “When more children are vaccinated against the flu, flu cannot as easily spread through the school system and into the community.”
This year, 150 flu shots were provided in our school settings. Permission forms were sent home and returned, making this initiative convenient for parents, caregivers and teachers who are not able to take off work or schedule an appointment.
There were 52 additional flu shots provided to youth at both health department clinic locations (Apalachicola and Carrabelle).
“The flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children,” said Marsha Lindeman, Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Franklin County. “The single best way to protect your children from the flu is to get them vaccinated each year. Our School Health Program is committed to protecting the health of this community through prevention of communicable diseases in our children and their families.”