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Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge provides free flu vaccines to students

posted Dec 2, 2015, 1:00 PM by Terri Willms   [ updated Dec 2, 2015, 1:00 PM ]
    Nurses from Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge visited Mountain Crest Elementary School and Icard Elementary School and administered free flu vaccines to a total of 230 students between the two schools.  
    Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Putnam said, “I want to thank Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge for being willing to provide free influenza vaccines to our students. Because they were willing to come into these schools, it made it easier and more convenient for these students and their families to take an important, preventative step against the flu. Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge continues to be a great friend of Burke County Public Schools.”
    “Our highest priority is the health and safety of our community,” said Joseph Mazzola, DO, chief medical officer, Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge. “We applaud Burke County Public Schools for prioritizing the health of its patients, staff and community. It’s an honor to be a community partner."
    To reduce the odds of getting the flu, Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge recommends frequent hand washing with soap or use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, not touching eyes, nose or mouth with hands and getting a flu vaccine.

Photo: Students at Icard Elementary School show off their arms after getting flu vaccines at school. Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge visited Icard and Mountain Crest elementary schools and gave students free vaccinations. 



Cheryl M. Shuffler
Public Relations Officer
Burke County Public Schools
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