Madison County Schools vaccinate thousands against the flu

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Madison County schools are getting ahead of this year’s flu season.

They started vaccinating 4,000 students this week. School officials say they know the flu is already going around in the area, but luckily they don’t have any cases in the school system.

On Thursday it was reported that a four-year old in California with underlying health conditions died after testing positive for the flu. Workers with Madison County Schools want to keep your children safe.

“We’re just trying to get to these students before we have an outbreak of the flu,” said Tim Hall with MCS. “We know the flu’s coming. It comes every year so why not be proactive and get as many students vaccinated as possible? It’s been very effective so far so we’re hoping that we spare a number of these young people from actually contracting the flu.”

So far they’ve vaccinated more than 2,000 kids. The vaccinations are given through a program called VAKS (Vaccinating Alabama Kids in Schools) where they partner with a pediatric group in Huntsville.

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