Free flu vaccines available at area schools

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Oconto County Public Health will visit Oconto County schools in October to offer free flu vaccines to students ages 3 to 18.

Oconto County Public Health will also offer free Hepatitis A, HPV and meningitis vaccines to all sixth-12th graders.

Consent forms and vaccine information sheets are available from the schools or at www.ocph.info. A completed, signed consent form is required for each student receiving any vaccine.

Oconto County Public Health will visit on the following dates: Tuesday, Oct. 25, Gillett School District; Thursday, Oct. 27, Lena School District; Wednesday, Oct. 19, Oconto Elementary School; Monday, Oct. 17, Oconto Middle School and Bayshore Community Academy; Thursday, Oct. 20, Oconto High School; Friday, Oct. 14, Abrams Elementary School; Thursday, Oct. 13, Oconto Falls Elementary School; Tuesday, Oct. 18, Washington Middle School and Falls Alternative Learning Site; Tuesday, Oct. 11, Oconto Falls High School and St. Anthony School; and Wednesday, Oct. 26, St. John’s School and the Suring School District.

The flu is a serious disease that can lead to complications such as pneumonia, even in healthy children. The symptoms can last for up to two weeks and include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, severe body aches, chills, runny or stuffy nose, extreme exhaustion, and sometimes in children, diarrhea and vomiting.

Getting the flu shot every year is the best protection against the flu. For information, call Oconto County Public Health at 920-834-7000.