AUSTIN (KXAN) — Schools in Central Texas are trying to fight back against the flu by giving out free flu vaccinations.
The idea for the free flu shots started in 2013 when the E3 Alliance conducted research to determine why kids were missing school. They discovered that over half of the absences were due to illness. In 2014, the organization started a small flu shot campaign to see if it helped by giving out 6,500 flu vaccinations.
This year nurses will administer 75,000 vaccinations over the next month at 370 elementary and middle schools all across the state – including most of the school districts in Central Texas. This year students will have to receive a shot instead of the flu mist due to officials finding the mist ineffective in preventing the flu the past three seasons. Doctors say the shot doesn’t give you the flu.
“You may get some symptoms due to the initial responses of the immune system but there really are no reported cases of getting the full blown flu with the vaccine,” said Dr. Adam Brittain, Physician St. David’s Medical Center.
And doctors feel confident this year’s shot will be effective.
“The flu is a virus that changes all of the time and so it’s kind of a difficult thing to immunize for but there is a lot of work that goes into tracking the flu and trying to predict what should be in the vaccine,” said Dr. Donald Murphy, Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician.
Below is a schedule of when school districts begin the E3 Alliance Kick the Flu Campaign.
Flu clinic shots schedule
Monday, Sept. 12 – Hays CISD
Tuesday, Sept. 13 – Hays CISD
Wednesday, Sept. 14 – Austin ISD
Thursday, September 15 – Austin ISD
Friday, September 16 – Austin ISD
Monday, Sept. 19 – Austin ISD
Tuesday, Sept. 20 – Austin ISD
Wednesday, Sept. 21 – Austin ISD
Thursday, Sept. 22 – Austin ISD
Friday, Sept. 23 – Eanes ISD
Monday, Sept. 26 – Pflugerville ISD
Tuesday, Sept. 27 – Pflugerville ISD
Wednesday, Sept. 28 – Del Valle ISD
Thursday, Sept. 29 – Round Rock ISD
Monday, Oct. 3 – Manor ISD
Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Round Rock ISD
Wednesday, Oct. 5 – Round Rock ISD
Thursday, Oct. 6 – Round Rock ISD
Friday, Oct. 7 – Lake Travis ISD
Tuesday, Oct. 11 – Leander ISD
Wednesday, Oct. 12 – Leander ISD
Thursday, Oct. 13 – Leander ISD
Friday, Oct. 14 – Georgetown ISD
Monday, Oct. 17 – Bastrop ISD
Tuesday, Oct. 18 – New Baunfels ISD
Week 7 – 8
Friday, Oct. 28 – Hutto ISD
Monday, Oct. 31 – Elgin ISD
Children must be at least two-years-old and need adult consent forms.
Kate Weidaw is live with details on how you can protect your kids from the flu.