Brunswick County cancels FluMist clinic

Brunswick County cancels FluMist clinic

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - In-school FluMist vaccination clinics in Brunswick County are being canceled because the health department has not received the expected shipment of the vaccine from the manufacture.

The order that was placed last spring is taking longer than expected and is affecting supplies of FluMist worldwide.

The Health Department was notified on Wednesday that they would not receive the order that was placed last spring.

"We're disappointed that we must cancel the FluMist clinics, and are only doing so after other means to secure the intranasal vaccine proved unsuccessful,"Brunswick County Health and Human Services Executive Director, David Stanley said.

The Brunswick County Health Department, as an alternative, will offer flu injection vaccinations after school is dismissed on Friday, October 9 until 6 p.m.

"To continue to have a flu outreach program in our schools, which is so important, we shifted over to regular vaccine to where we are doing the shots in the school and doing them after school and we are grateful for those schools for helping us with those outreach clinics," explained Stanley.

Scheduling for the after-school vaccinations will follow the originally published FluMist schedule:

Southport ElementaryFriday, October 93:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Virginia WilliamsonMonday, October 123:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
South Brunswick HighTuesday, October 132:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
South Brunswick MiddleWednesday, October 142:40 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Supply ElementaryThursday, October 153:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Cedar Grove MiddleFriday, October 162:40 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Jessie Mae Monroe ElementaryMonday, October 193:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Shallotte Middle SchoolTuesday, October 202:45 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Union ElementaryWednesday, October 213:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
West Brunswick HighThursday, October 222:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Early College High School &

Brunswick County Academy (Clinic held at Early College)

Friday, October 233:20 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Waccamaw SchoolMonday,October 262:50 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Belville ElementaryTuesday, October 273:30 p.m.-6;00 p.m.
North Brunswick HighWednesday, October 282:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Vaccinations will be made available to students, parents, teachers and staff. Parents who decide to have their child vaccinated must accompany the child to sign the consent form.

In order to help curb the amount of people with the flu in the community, the Brunswick County Health Department and Brunswick County Schools offer in-school vaccination clinics at public and private schools each year.

"It's an important way to protect yourself against the flu," Stanley said. "And this is the primary way folks can protect themselves from either not getting the flu or getting a mild case of it."

The program typically vaccinates a large portion of school-age children within Brunswick County.

For additional information please contact Cyndi Glenn at (910)-253-2250

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