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WHS flu shots reminder

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Special to The News

While the beginning of the school year is an exciting and wonderful time for students, parents and school staff, it is also the time for the influenza and other viruses to return with a vengeance.   With so many people together in smaller areas, transmitting a virus is as easy as a handshake, a hug, or a sneeze.  
In an effort to be proactive regarding flu immunization, the Wakulla County Health Department (WCHD)  is bringing letters to each school site that went home August 15th,  letting parents know that they will be offering the flu shots in the school clinics and asking parents to return the forms if they are interested in participating. Returning the forms in a timely manner will allow the health department to determine how much of the vaccine to purchase for each school site.
 Students and parents will be notified when a date has been chosen  – it should begin in late September or early October.
 If students or staff have insurance, the WCHD will bill the insurance company for the immunization. If there is no insurance, the school board will pay for the immunization. This is the same process as last year.  
Parents  please fill out all forms given out by the schools and return them in a timely manner. WHS looks forward to a great new school year and working with the community to ensure that our students and staff are happy, safe, and healthy.