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Flagler Health Department to Offer Free Flu Shots in Schools Next Month

By Gretchen Smith

October 16, 2019

Bunnell, Fla.— As part of its agreement with Flagler Schools, the Florida Department of Health in Flagler (DOH-Flagler) will once again provide free flu shots to students and faculty at all schools in the district. The in-school clinics will take place November 4 through 18.

“We’re looking forward to providing this free service to Flagler County students, faculty and staff for the second year in a row,” said Robert Snyder, health officer for DOH-Flagler. “Last year, we helped protect 1,240 students and teachers, and will exceed that number in 2019 to reduce vulnerability districtwide. While we also offer the flu vaccine and other childhood immunizations at the health department for free, many parents appreciate our bringing health services, like flu shots, to their students during the school day. Doing so gives children increased access to care, improves vaccination rates and makes our schools healthier places to learn and work.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu vaccine every year as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications. The vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women.

According to DOH-Flagler medical director Dr. Stephen Bickel, flu vaccines may not entirely prevent illness but can reduce the severity of symptoms and the risk of complications. 

“Many studies show that vaccination can reduce the severity of illness in people who get sick,” said Bickel. “This means less flu-associated hospitalizations and fewer missed days from school or work. This is another reason why it’s important to get flu shots every year.”       

Bickel also mentioned that it takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the flu, and that proper and frequent handwashing can help flu from spreading.

Here is the 2019 Flu Shot Schedule for Flagler Schools:

  • Monday, Nov. 4, Bunnell Elementary School

  • Monday, Nov. 4, Government Service Building for Flagler Schools administration and staff (starting at 12PM)

  • Tuesday, Nov. 5, Old Kings Elementary School

  • Wednesday, Nov. 6, Rymfire Elementary School

  • Thursday, Nov. 7, Wadsworth Elementary School

  • Friday, Nov. 8, Belle Terre Elementary School              

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, Indian Trails Middle School

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, Buddy Taylor Middle School

  • Thursday, Nov. 14, Flagler Palm Coast High School   

  • Friday, Nov. 15, Matanzas High School  

  • Monday, Nov. 18, Imagine School

The deadline for parental consent forms has been extended until Friday, November 1.

Download the 2019-2010 Seasonal Flu Shot Vaccine Consent Form

For more information, please call 386-313-7067.

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For information about the Florida Department of Health in Flagler, go to flagler.floridahealth.gov, call 386-437-7350, or visit 301 Dr. Carter Blvd. in Bunnell.

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