Flu season has arrived and the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County (DOH Gulf) has already made successful strides in providing influenza (flu) vaccinations to youth. Each year, the DOH-Gulf School Health Team partners with the Gulf County School District to kick off a flu vaccination campaign. The campaign provides seasonal flu vaccinations to students during regular school hours at each school location.
“Each year, our student flu vaccination numbers continue to increase,” said Amy Driggers, School Health Coordinator for the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County. “When more children are vaccinated against the flu, flu cannot as easily spread through the school system and into the community.”
This year, the campaign began at the Wewahitchka Elementary School. Permission forms were sent home and returned, making this initiative convenient for parents and caregivers who are not able to take off work or schedule an appointment for their child. The school health team provided 107 flu vaccinations to students in grades pre-k through 6, at the school. The school health team plans to continue the campaign, by offering vaccinations at Wewahitchka Junior and Senior High Schools and Port St. Joe schools.
“The flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children,” said Marsha Lindeman, Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County. “The single best way to protect your children from the flu is to get them vaccinated each year. Our School Health Program is committed to protecting the health of this community through prevention of communicable diseases in our children and their families.”
DOH protects, promotes and improves the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. For more information, contact the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County at 850-227-1276 or visit us at http://www.gulfchd.com.