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Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 4:00am

Schools Offering Flu Shots

Updated: 2 years ago.
Health officials say giving flu shots at school should reduce the number of days missed by sick children. The Georgia Association of School Nurses and the Georgia Department of Public Health are preparing to set up flu shot clinics in schools starting this month. (Photo by James Gathany / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

School nurses across Georgia are getting ready to hold special clinics to help more students get their flu shots.

The Georgia Association of School Nurses and the Georgia Department of Public Health are working together to boost immunization among the state's school children. Carol Darsey, the president of the school nurses group, says flu shot clinics will be starting this month.

Darsey says not every Georgia school will administer flu shots, but 17 of the state's 18 health districts are participating. Parents should get a letter if their child's school is participating.

Health officials say giving flu shots at school should reduce the number of days missed by sick children. Students with health coverage who get the shots will have their insurance billed. Uninsured students will get vaccinated for free.