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School hosts flu vaccination clinic

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LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) - Now that temperatures are dropping and flu season is starting up, families are rushing to get vaccinated. But one school in LaGrange is making it easier for kids to fight off the flu.

The Troup County Health District teamed up with area schools to vaccinate kids in the comfort of their own school.

District Health Director, Michael Brackett told News Leader Nine, "We've been able to have this as a pilot basis. We're doing about 56 schools over the next month or so."

Brackett says they were happy to host a flu vaccine clinic at Ethel Kight Magnet School, "It's clear that children in this age group tend to help spread the flu through the community. So this is a good group to target."

Ethel Kight Magnet School Principal Anne Cook added, "We have about 520 students so it's important for our students to get the flu vaccine, that way they don't spread it among each other, spread it to the teachers or to their families."

Cook said this clinic made it very fast and easy for the kids to get vaccinated, "They know our school had families that might not be able to get kids to the doctor. A lot depends on if families have insurance, so this is a way that we can make sure we are giving it to all students who need it."

Brackett said, "Once you get the education part passed, the actual vaccine itself is a breeze. It's a nose spray and it takes about a minute and a half to vaccinate each child so the flow is very quick."

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