Carroll Independent School District is doing its part to prevent the spread of the flu to the community.
The district hosted a second flu shot/mist clinic on Jan. 15 at its administrative building.
The district’s lead nurse Karen Flexer said this was something easy that could help the community.
For the past five years the district has hosted a flu clinic around Halloween. Flexer said this fall, the district’s clinic administered more than 400 flu vaccinations.
She said families have called asking how to get the flu shot and those questions, along with a district decision are the reason for the second clinic.
“Families are feeling a bit at a loss,” she said.“For one reason or another there are still people that want.”
The clinic administered 300 vaccinations in a little more than two hours.
Dragon mom Laura Gallagher took her children to the clinic to get vaccinated after school because of the amount of flu cases in North Texas and because she knew they would have the medication.
“It was more a fear of mine than hers,” Gallagher said about her daughter Justine.
Justine Gallagher got a flu mist.
“It was a lot easier than I thought,” the Carroll junior said.
Tarrant County Public Health says the flu season peaks in January and February and encourages people to get a flu vaccination.
As of Jan. 17, Tarrant County saw five flu-related deaths since fall.
Flexer is also leading nurses at each school campus to monitor student absence and influenza like illnesses.
“It allows the nurses to keep a pulse on what’s going on at their campus,” she said.
She said if staff, such as nursing and attendance, sees trends such as sick students sharing a class, then that classroom can be cleaned with extra scrutiny.
“We’re all working together to say, OK, these are the kids we’re going to watch out for,” she said.
She added that as a flu season practice, staff has heightened the cleaning in all classrooms.
The district also plays a key role in educating students about how the flu spreads. She said simple things such as having posters in bathrooms to encourage hand washing can help make students aware of how they can reduce the spread of illness.