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Flu vaccine for Bibb students available Monday; consent forms due friday

Bibb County students can receive free flu vaccines in school beginning Monday.

Only students who submit signed consent forms will be able to receive the vaccines, due to the schools Friday.

The flu vaccine will protect students against three strains of flu, including H1N1. They are being provided to the students in partnership with the North Central Health District, covering 13 counties, and the Macon-Bibb County Health Department.

A second dose of the flu vaccine will also be available to elementary school students 8 years old and younger who have never received a flu vaccine, who need to receive two doses of the flu vaccine at least 28 days apart. Older children require only one.

The Bibb student participation rate in the school vaccine clinics was among the highest in both the state and the nation last year, according to David Gowan, director of risk management for Bibb County schools.

Partly because of Bibb students’ participation, the North Central Health District received around 88,000 doses of the flu vaccine this year, according to a news release.

For the full schedule of vaccine locations and dates, visit http://tinyurl.com/fluvaccineschedule

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