The annual flu shot clinic, conducted by the Cleburne County Health Unit under the direction of the state Department of Health, will be held on Friday, November 17, in the Gathright Gymnasium lobby.
Immunizations will begin with students and faculty at 8 a.m. The parent packets to complete in advance of the flu clinic are being sent home with Thursday folders in the Elementary School and are available upon request in the High School. They are also available to parents in the school offices. The deadline for students to return flu and FERPA forms is Monday, November 13.
The clinic will be open to members of the community from 11:30-12:30. Flu forms may be picked up at the Health Department in Heber Springs or at the school.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing) to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu.
To help curb the spread of flu, the school recommends that students and staff alike wash hands or use hand sanitizer regularly, especially if touching common surfaces such as doorknobs and water fountains. Helpful, too, is sneezing into the elbow so that clothing catches water droplets.