Local schools have jumped on the bandwagon to fight outbreaks of seasonal flu.
Administrative Assistant Sheilah Johnson said the school system usually partners with the health department to vaccinate the school staff, but with concerns of outbreaks of H1N1 flu across the nation this year, they discussed the possibility of giving shots to the children, also.
"It's the first time that I know of that we've vaccinated the children," Mrs. Johnson said. "We are thankful we were able to partner with the health department to do that. It's a win-win situation for everybody."
Thomson Elementary School students and faculty received seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccines on Jan. 13; Dearing Elementary School students received theirs Jan. 14; and Thomson-McDuffie Junior High students were vaccinated Jan. 20.
Receiving the vaccine was voluntary and students who received the shot were accompanied by their parent. Shots were administered by the McDuffie County Health Department.
Early last week, a consent letter was sent home with students for parents wishing their children to receive a flu shot at their school.
The health department will be at Maxwell Elementary today and Norris Elementary tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 22) to administer the vaccine. Parents must be present for their child to receive a shot.
Students at the upper-grade schools have already received their seasonal flu shots, and now the H1N1 vaccine is being offered to them through the health department.
Shots will be given at Thomson High School Tuesday, Jan. 26. Parents are not required to be present at the high school, but a consent form must be signed and returned to the school prior to the shot clinic.
The achievement center's clinic will be Thursday, Jan. 27, and the middle school's will be Friday, Jan. 29. Parents must be present with their child. Vaccines are free to children under age 18.