LISD Students Receive Free Flu Shots
Kids rolled up their sleeves in an effort to avoid getting sick. The flu season is now upon us and health officials at Laredo ISD are doing their part to protect students. This morning kicked off a month-long free flu clinic and we were there to see how the kids braved the shot.
Little Sofia Solis is one of many kids today now protected from the Influenza Virus.
Something her Dad says was important for him.
"She usually doesn't get sick, but something this year just told me-- I've been reading about West Nile virus--I know this has nothing to do with the flu, but better be safe than sorry."
And important to school administrators who tell us they want to protect all the kids this flu season.
"Right now the season is kind of high, we have alot of influenza going on so this will protect you," said Sandra Gallegos, LISD Health Coordinator.
And with two free vaccines to choose from--the injection and the Flu Mist--school officials say they're doing everything they can to make it easier on parents and kids.
"We want to prevent all our kids, we want to protect them, we want to make sure they're healthy," said Gallegos.
Today, Sofia's Dad opted for the injection, which is not a live virus, so side effects are minimal.
"I'd rather her get a little pain and not get sick than feel no pain and then have a week off where she's just really ill," said Solis.
While others simply prefer the nose spray.
Either way, officials say these kids will now enjoy a flu-free season.
For KGNS News, I'm Mindy Casso, coverage you can count on.