The annual flu shot clinic, conducted by the Cleburne County Health Unit under the direction of the state Department of Health, will be held for students, staff, and the community on Friday, October 25, 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 were sent home last week with Elementary School students and are available to High School students. Parents of High School students should ask their students about completing the forms for the shot. Forms are also available to parents in the school offices. The deadline for students to return flu and FERPA forms is Wednesday.
The clinic will be open to members of the community, who should arrive by 10 a.m. to be worked in. 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.