Officials hold final seasonal flu shot clinic

(AP)

November 24, 2009 10:15:09 PM PST
Thousands of students across Wake County are now vaccinated against the seasonal flu.More than 6,000 vaccines have been given out to Wake County students since mid-October.

Tuesday night was the final chance for school-age children to get the free shot as part of the program put on by Wake County and the school system to offer free seasonal flu vaccines to all children in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

"The vaccine helps prevent me from getting sick, in case I do get the flu," 10-year-old Samantha Sakyi-Nyante said.

Sakyi-Nyante's parents brought all three of their children to the flu-vaccine clinic Tuesday at Cary High School.

It was their last chance to take advantage of the project that was made possible by nearly $300,000 in federal stimulus money.

The clinics have been held at 21 different Wake County schools since mid-October, and turnout -nurses say- has been high.

"We've done over 6,300 flu shots with this project," registered nurse Linda Ashton said.

Parents say they are insuring their children's health before entering the hectic holiday season.

"He'll be around other kids, and around other family members and we just wanna make sure he's completely protected," parent David York said.

Even though this particular clinic project is over, people can still get the seasonal flu vaccine at the Wake County Human Services offices.

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