I’s Flu Season and school districts are giving kids the flu shot to help protect against the virus.
One shot after another, kids at Presque Isle Middle School are being vaccinated for flu season. With the help of volunteers and nurses, this flu clinic for grades 6 7 and 8 in the wildcats auditorium, is helping to protecting them.
District Health Services Director Deb Raymond says, “the flu shot is the best way to protect against getting the flu, people forget that the flu, still kills like 36 thousand people each year and some of those are children.”
According to researchers from the center for disease control, about 830 children died from flu related complications in the last 8 years. The CDC says children should start getting yearly flu shots at six month old.
Raymond says, “we have public health nurses helping us, we have nurses from aroostook pediatrics and we have student nurses from northern maine community college as well as our district nurses.”
Some of the kids here say the shot was kind of scary, and hurt a little, but they don’t want to get the flu.
One girls says, “so we won’t get sick and we won’t get the flu then we don’t have to miss school.” Another says “like my arm hurts i’m glad they didn’t do it in the arm that I write with.” “I was a little nervous at first but as soon as I got i was like yes it’s over with,” another girl adds.
October first officially marked the beginning of flu season. Deb Raymond also says kids should remember to practice good hand washing and coughing into your sleeve to prevent any germs from spreading.