Health department starting school-based flu clinics
CHARLESTON, W.Va. --The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department began its school-based vaccination clinics Monday. This is the fourth year the health department has partnered with Kanawha County Schools to provide the flu vaccine in schools. The clinics are held during school hours. Elementary school students have the option of an injection of the vaccine or a nasal spray vaccine. Middle- and high-school students will receive the injection. Consent forms are being sent to parents and guardians. The forms must be completed for students to get the vaccine. Students will not pay out-of-pocket for the vaccine, but insurance provider information is strongly encouraged. Children who were absent from school on the day of the clinic can get the vaccination from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every weekday during walk-in immunization clinics at the health department, 108 Lee Street East.Clinics will be set up today at Stonewall Jackson and Dunbar middle schools. More are scheduled next week and in the coming weeks, but most have yet to be announced. For more information, call the KCHD Flu Hotline at 304-348-6882 or visit www.kchdwv.org.