Houston County schools to offer flu vaccines

The seasonal flu shot and nasal FluMist will be available to students at Houston County’s 37 public schools between Oct. 1 and Nov. 5 through the Houston County Hot Shots Coalition, according to a news release.

Parents of elementary school children are encouraged to be present for the vaccination and may also receive the vaccine after all of the children are vaccinated. Once the H1N1 vaccine becomes available, it will be offered at those schools remaining on the schedule.

The Health Department will collect payment on the day of the vaccine clinic. The vaccines are free for students covered through Medicaid/PeachCare or the state health benefit plan (United Healthcare/Cigna). The vaccine is $14.80 for students without insurance and $25 for students on other health insurance plans.

The Houston County Hot Shots Coalition is a partnership of the Houston County Board of Education, Houston County Health Department, Robins Air Force Base and private providers in Warner Robins and Perry. Formed in 2003, the coalition’s purpose is to increase vaccine awareness and vaccine rates in Houston County’s school-age children.

A full vaccination schedule is available on the Houston County Board of Education’s Web site,