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Healthy Living Goes Back To School

Healthy Living Goes Back To School





Terre Haute – This time of year kids are going back to school and bringing home germs.

“With kids being back in school germs are spreading so now is the time to go ahead and get yourself immunized,” said Erin Haggart, Pharmacist.

 

On Saturday Meijer held a Healthy Living Event where anyone can show up, with no appointment, and get back to school vaccines.

“We are targeting everybody. There has been a lot of children come and get vaccines the past few weeks getting ready for back to school, but year round we target everybody for vaccines,” said Haggart.

It is no coincidence that this event is held during back to school time.

If you wait until flu season to start your vaccinations you could be too late.

It is common for people to not start thinking about fighting things off like the flu until winter comes.

But if you are going to vaccinate it is important to start now because vaccines can take up to 2 weeks before they start fully doing their job.

The Healthy Living Campaign tries to help kids and families get ready for back to school germs and make it as easy as possible to keep kids healthy.

“I think that it really just helps make sure that you have a healthy community,” said Haggart.

 

With the Healthy Living campaign every flu shot donates $5 to a local food pantry.

But, any day you can go during Meijer pharmacy hours and get your flu shot, no appointment necessary.

 

A flu vaccine is not required for students.

But the CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone over the age of six months.

But there are a list of vaccines for every grade that are required.

You can find the full list of vaccine requirements in your schools handbook along with the deadline to when your child needs to comply.

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