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Carter Co. targets school with flu mist vaccine


CARTER CO., OK -- The Carter co. health department says they have a plan to reach all school aged children with the H1N1 flu mist vaccine in Jefferson, Johnston, Love and Carter counties by Thanksgiving.

Their plan is to go to schools and administer the vaccine to those students who want to receive it.

"We have lead nurses in charge of each one of these clinics they're talking with schools and superindendents to come up with plans on what days to do it, what times to do it," said Carter county administrator, Mendy Spohn.

For now, some parents are taking their child directly into the health department to get vaccinated. And parent, Alan Crockett says they didn't want to take any chances.

"There's been quite a few people getting sick in schools and stuff and thought it'd probably be good to go ahead and get the vaccination," Crockett said after taking his third grade son Tanner to get the flu mist vaccine.

Health officials say children without any preexisting conditions react well to the flu mist vaccine and build up a tolerance quickly.

Meanwhile, this week they're already visiting schools and administering the vaccine.

"We've already been to Greenville school today. We did 35 shots there and on Thursday we plan to do Thackerville and on Friday we will do the Ardmore middle school," Spohn said.


Ashley Conroy, KTEN.