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Clinics keep at-risk students from getting flu
by Tribune Staff
Feb 06, 2011 | 1223 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Nearly 1,500 students, school faculty and family members received free flu vaccinations thanks to the partnership between the Washoe County School District, Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition (NNIC), the Washoe County Health District and the Nevada State Health Division.

NNIC reports this number represents more than 43 percent of students who were vaccinated this winter at participating schools, which is much higher than the national average of 28 percent for school-based influenza clinics.

Seven Washoe County schools were selected to be a part of a pilot program, which focused on school-based flu clinics funded by the Nevada State Public Health Preparedness program in preparation for a potential pandemic flu outbreak. Sierra Vista, Alice Maxwell, Esther Bennett, Anderson and Smithridge elementary schools were among the Title 1 campuses selected for the school-based clinics, along with Pine Middle School and Hug High School. The majority of recipients received the nasal spray flu vaccine, a painless alternative for people between the ages of 2 and 49 years who are healthy and free from chronic medical conditions, such as asthma.

A recent survey by the Commonwealth Fund ranked Nevada No. 51 in the nation in overall health care, including prevention and treatment, and No. 46 in immunization rates for children from 19 to 35 months old. By offering opportunities to vaccinate the public, school officials hope to improve Nevada’s prevention numbers and raise awareness about overall health.

Flu vaccinations are still available throughout Northern Nevada and are recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Visit www.immunizenevada.org/flu to find out more. For more information on NNIC, visit www.immunizenevada.org/nnic.
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