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Keep students flu free in Pierce County

September 28, 2016

In-school ‘Fight the Flu Friday’ clinics to protect Eatonville students

Students receive free vaccines at school. Protection against the virus means healthier students, fewer sick days.


TACOMA, Wash. –
Teach students to be straight-A flu fighters! All five schools in the Eatonville School District will host Fight the Flu Friday clinics to make it easy for parents to protect their children against the virus. The clinics are a partnership between Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Kirk’s Pharmacy, and the school district.

“Getting the flu vaccine is a smart move for your health,” said Nigel Turner, Communicable Disease Division director at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. “When kids are healthy, the people around them stay healthy, and parents and others don’t have to miss work,” Turner said.

The flu clinic schedule is for the following Fridays:

Sept. 30
– Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy
Oct. 21
– Weyerhaeuser and Eatonville Elementary Schools
Oct. 28
– Eatonville Middle and High Schools

The nasal spray vaccine is not available this year. It showed low effectiveness against the 2009 H1N1 flu in two of the past three flu seasons, so the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended against it. Many vaccine manufacturers are producing flu vaccine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made additional childhood flu vaccine available in Washington.

Find a list of other free immunization events throughout Pierce county and learn the facts about the flu on our web site at www.tpchd.org/flu.

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