H1N1 flu is still around as peak seasonal flu season approaches. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is concerned that there will be an increase in the number of cases, as well as the severity, after the holidays since holiday travel and social gatherings increase our exposure to flu. The CDC and your school system encourages everyone to continue to be diligent about practicing prevention measures and to get flu vaccines to increase your protection against H1N1.
In order to help vaccinate as many children as possible, our school system is teaming up with the Effingham County Health Department to provide easier access to the H1N1 vaccine by offering “after hours” immunization clinics for school age children.
There will be no cost to you for the vaccine, but your health insurance company may be billed an administration fee. The clinics will be held:
Dec. 15, 3-6:30 p.m. at South Effingham Middle School Cafeteria
The CDC states that all persons age 6 months to 24 years are at risk for H1N1 and should be immunized. Any child with asthma, other respiratory conditions, or any chronic health condition is at even higher risk.
Help stop the flu: wash your hands often, cover your cough and sneeze, get your flu vaccine, and stay at home if you are sick.