Flu Vaccine for Leon County Schools

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We've shown you plenty of long lines in Tallahassee as folks try to get flu vaccines in the midst of a nationwide shortage. Schools are taking steps of their own to protect students and staff.

For those who can't be vaccinated this year, school leaders stress the importance of hand washing to ward off the virus. Day in and day out, Michelle Rudd cares for sick Sealy students.

In the past, school staff who come in close contact with students have been advised to get a flu shot, yet with half of this year’s vaccines contaminated, school employees are taking matters into their own hands.

First graders know the value of lathering up with a bit of soap and water. Teachers say another line of defense to stopping the spread of the flu is in the hands of parents.

Each year more than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized from flu complications and nearly 36,000 die. In the wake of the shot shortage, school officials hope the importance of hand washing won't go down the drain.

Health experts say you should wash your hands frequently for at least 15 seconds. A good rule of thumb is sing the “Happy Birthday” song to yourself.

Because of the shortfall this season, those 65 and older, infants six to 23 months old, those with chronic illness and pregnant women will be the first ones allowed for the vaccine.