“The past two years we have had a hard time keeping nurses,” Cox said. “It’s like we will hire one and they will work awhile and then they leave. We have two new nurses now and they are great.”
“We identified children who needed to be up-to-date on their shot,” Veronica Thomas, a school nurse said.
“It’s difficult to keep up with everything and get your kids where they need to go and get things done in a timely manner,” Thomas said. “We did this so it could be a convenience to everyone involved.”
Many factors played into orchestrating the in-house vaccine clinic, but the state’s recent mumps outbreak played a larger roll.
“That was a concern,” Thomas said. “It can happen anywhere. Our little community is not immune to being hit by an outbreak and we just didn't want that. We did not want that disruption to our school district and the community.”
Cox echoed on Thomas’ comment. He said students must be up-to-date on all state-required vaccines before they come back to school after Christmas break, which is Jan. 3.
Thomas said Tuesday’s clinic was a big success. Many students came in with signed parental permission slips to receive the needed shots.
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