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Akron Children's hosts flu clinics in areas schools

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WARREN, Ohio -

As we near the peak flu months, students across the Valley are rolling up their sleeves.

"If a parent chooses to participate, they sign consent and they fill in the insurance information and the insurance is billed.  There is no exchange of money or anything at the school level.  It really functions much like picture day, that the students come in, get their flu shot and they can return back to class, back to learning, which is the goal, in 10 minutes or less," said Michele Wilmouth.

Akron Children's has been offering in school flu clinics for the past three years, serving over 6,000 students.  

Two of those in school flu clinics are happening in the Mahoning Valley this year.  One is taking place in Sebring, which has hosted a clinic the past two years.  The other clinic took place on Tuesday at Lincoln Elementary School in Warren.

"It really aligns perfectly with our mission to support the health, safety and wellness of children," said Wilmouth.

Thirteen school districts are participating in the program this year.  Because the CDC no longer recommends the flu mist, students were only offered the flu shot.

"The previous two years, we had the flu mist and so we weren't sure going in to the school season, flu season, if we would have good participation and really having 100 people in a brand new district for injection only clinics is good results," said Wilmouth.

School teachers and staff are also offered the flu vaccine through the program.

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