High Schoolers & Flu Mist
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On october 11th, staff from the Alachua County Health Department will start bringing the FluMist to public schools, but before they "mist" the students, they'll check for a consent form; which high schoolers aren't turning in.
This year the FluMist is being offered to all students in Alachua county. To get it next month, students will have to turn a FluMist consent form into their schools by Friday.
"The response is disappointing...with about 13% of our students responding here at Santa Fe High School" said Bill Herschleb, Santa Fe High School Principal.
And it's not just Santa Fe students. According to the Alachua County School Board, high schoolers across the county are not turning in their consent forms.
Dr. Glenn Morris, the Director of the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida, said it's not just about protecting kids from the flu, "it's something you can take back to your families.. you can make your parents sick, your grandmother sick, and in fact for them, even though you may shrug it off, it can be a whole lot more serious for other people in the community."
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