Free swine flu vaccine clinics OK'd by board

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Columbia County school officials decided Tuesday to offer free clinics to administer the H1N1 vaccine next month in each public school.

Officials are unsure when the vaccine will become available or when the clinics will be held. The shots or nasal sprays will be offered free to adults and to pupils with parental consent.

"The system is making every attempt to be proactive as we're working through this," Assistant Superintendent Robert Jarrell said.

Seasonal flu clinics will be held next month in each county middle school. Those shots cost $25, and the FluMist nasal spray $30.

Earlier this year, pupils and workers were banned from attending school if they had a temperature of 100 degrees or higher.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the board deleted a policy requiring random drug tests of pupils at the county's alternative school.

The policy hasn't been enforced since 2002, Superintendent Charles Nagle told the board.

Instead, students at the alternative school must undergo regular classes on drug and alcohol education. Previously, those classes were required only for students caught violating the drug and alcohol policy.

Though random testing is banned, school officials still can insist a student submit to a drug test if they have just cause.

Another board decision Tuesday means two Grovetown elementary schools will receive a new batch of pupils next school year.

The board approved starting a new pre-kindergarten program at Brookwood and Euchee Creek elementary. The system will receive $300,000 to operate the lottery-funded program and intends to hire two teachers and two paraprofessionals.

There are a "number of students that are not being served in that area" because there are not enough nearby day cares, Mr. Nagle said in an e-mail Tuesday.

Funds for the classes are coming from Bright From the Start, a division of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, which administers the pre-kindergarten program.

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115, or donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.com.

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soldout 09/23/09 - 09:22 am
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Check out drtenpenny.com to

Check out drtenpenny.com to know all that is in these flu shots and the risk. Are they worth the risk? Only a body that needs to have the flu to detox will probably get the flu. Be an informed consumer of the flu shot and know what the research shows. In 1976 one died from the flu and 25 from the shot. The regular flu shot has been shown to increase cancer and increases hospital days for those considered high risk. The death rate in children was shown to be over twice as high for those taking a flu shot over those who did not. The death rate for regular flu per the CDC is about 1600 a year not the 35000 you hear on the local news. Please make an informed decision and you won't have regrets. Those trained in NAET can treat the flu in a few minutes and also if you decide to get the shot they can tell you if you will have a negative reaction before you take it. Information never has bad side effects.

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stovall st 09/23/09 - 10:50 am
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I got the flu in dec,1991. It

I got the flu in dec,1991. It was really bad. After what i went thru. I'll take my chance with the flu shot.

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Rose 09/23/09 - 10:57 am
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I had the flu back in the

I had the flu back in the 1980s, and I get the shot every yr and have not had the flu. Those at high risk are taking a big chance if they don't get the shot.

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soldout 09/23/09 - 02:23 pm
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As long as folks hear both

As long as folks hear both sides of the flu shot story and make a decision that is a good thing. A few studies have been done suggesting there may be a link between the flu shot and alzheimers. Apparently the number of flu shots a person has in their life may pose a threat to an increased risk of developing alzheimers. I believe everyone should be made aware of all cons as well as pros when considering the flu shot, and since Alzheimers seems to be increasing in our population giving fair warning to the public would be a proactive approach to fight all potential hazards we face. Dr. Hugh Fudenburg did a study from 1970 to 1980 showing that five consecutive flu shots raised the chances of getting Alzheimer's ten fold. He beleived it is due to the mecury.

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TCB22 09/23/09 - 05:05 pm
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Soldout's comments are an

Soldout's comments are an example of why it's bad to let just anyone post on a public forum. There may be somebody out there who believes some forty year old study that is so wrong it comical. If it were even remotely true, one out of every three people would have the disease. Get your flu shots, people.

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corgimom 09/23/09 - 06:56 pm
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Yeah, Alzheimer's is

Yeah, Alzheimer's is increasing, the population as a whole is a lot bigger and we are living a lot longer. Why are we living longer? VACCINATIONS. You are at far greater risk of complications from the flu than you are from the vaccine. When you're dead at 2, or 5, or 10, from polio, pertussis, or diptheria, you don't get Alzheimer's. Go figure.

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soldout 09/23/09 - 09:35 pm
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Most of the flu research has

Most of the flu research has been done in the last two years. I don't argue with people or call them names I just repeat the research that anyone can find and they can make educated decisions. Researchers from MCG have told me the pressure they are under to make research go the way the drug company or whoever is paying for it wants it to go. Some tests are done over and over to try to get the desired results. Most truth is found by following the money and not the media.

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