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Elementary students will be offered flu vaccination

FluMist clinics next week
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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The Loomis Union School District is taking steps to protect its students from catching the flu bug. Through the initiative of school nurse Tracy Castro, immunizations against the seasonal flu will be offered next week to all district students. The free vaccinations will be in a nasal mist form called FluMist. The clinics will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in the cafeteria at Penryn Elementary; from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m. in Rooms 24 and 25 at H. Clarke Powers School; and from noon to 4:30 p.m. in rooms 22 and 23 at Franklin School. District students can be taken to any of the clinics for the vaccination, and no appointments are necessary, said Carolyn Nichols, assistant district superintendent. “Nurses will inject a very simple mist into the nasal cavity of students. It’s just a squirt up the nose,” Nichols said. According to Castro, the immunization clinics are funded by the state and monies are being administered through the Placer County health department. She learned the immunizations would be available to school districts at a training day for nurses held by the county. “We were allotted an amount to the students in our district,” Castro said. In an announcement to parents and guardians, the district said FluMist “has been proven to help cut down on absences due to flu, which helps keep our kids in class.” Nichols said immunizations for the H1N1 flu virus should be available later in the year.