Klaus: Try health centers

December 24, 2012 

Try health centers

I am writing in response to the Dec. 7 article, “Flu or not? Either way, people are sick” that talks about how the flu season has started off a lot earlier and with significantly more cases for this time of year.

An earlier flu season directly affects youth in Wake County schools, especially since youth who are in school have an increased risk of catching the flu or similar viruses.

One of the best ways to decrease youth susceptibility to the flu is to give them a flu shot, but some students may not have access to immunizations. School-Based Health Centers can provide preventive care (like immunizations) and treatment to students on the campus.

According to a study done by Emory Woodruff Health Science Center, flu vaccination campaigns are most effective when they include active cooperation with schools. By having a School-Based Health Center in Wake County schools, students would be more likely to receive flu shots.

I challenge you to advocate for and share with others about the need for a School-Based Health Center in Wake County schools in order to create a healthier community!

Hannah Klaus


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