Department of Health announces school flu shot clinics to end statewide


CONCERN TONIGHT THOUSANDS OF NEW MEXICO KIDS WILL NOT GET THE FLU SHOT THIS YEAR. THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS PULLED A PROGRAM THAT OFFERED FREE FLU SHOT CLINICS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. NEWS 13 )S JEANNIE NGUYEN IS LIVE AT JAMES MONROE MIDDLE SCHOOL ON THE WESTSIDE WITH WHY AND REACTION FROM PARENTS. DEAN AND JESSICA — A MOTHER OF A JAMES MONROE STUDENT SAYS SHE GOT AN EMAIL TWO WEEKS AGO…STATING THE SCHOOL WOULD NO LONGER HOLD FREE FLU SHOT CLINICS. SHE )S WORRIED IT )S THE ONLY CHANCE FOR SOME KIDS TO GET THE SHOTS. Valerie Kinsey – APS Mom – 1:03:56 “It said that this year APS wasn )t going to be doing flu shot clinics. They sent an attachment with clinics that would be willing to give our kids flu shots.” 1:04:06 VALERIE KINSEY SAYS SHE GOT THIS EMAIL FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AT JAMES MONROE MIDDLE SCHOOL ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO. KINSEY…A NURSE HERSELF… SAYS THE SCHOOL SHOULD HAVE WARNED PARENTS SOONER. Valerie Kinsey – APS Mom – 1:06:26 “We )ve been getting flu shots since the end of September. THE NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS ALREADY REPORTED THE FIRST FLU CASES OF THE SEASON. THE CDC SAYS IT TAKES ABOUT TWO WEEKS AFTER THE VACCINATION TO PROTECT YOU FROM THE FLU. Valerie Kinsey – APS Mom – 1:08:44 “The flu has already hit.” 1:08:45 THE SCHOOL ONLY SAID THEY WEREN )T GIVING SHOTS BECAUSE OF “FUNDING ISSUES WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.” A DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON TELLS NEWS 13 THEY HAD BEEN PROVIDING THE FLU SHOT CLINICS THROUGH A THE SCHOOL KIDS INFLUENZA PROJECT — ALSO KNOWN AS SKIIP TO ANY SCHOOL IN THE STATE WHO WANTED TO PARTICIPATE. BUT, THEY SAY SINCE AN ALL-TIME HIGH OF 55- THOUSAND KIDS STATEWIDE GETTING THE SHOT IN 2009…IT )S NOW DOWN TO LESS THAN 20- THOUSAND. THE STATE SAYS THEY CUT THE PROGRAM BECAUSE OF LOW PARTICIPATION AND THE FEDS CUTTING FUNDING EACH YEAR. ( ( (SOT/CLEAN ( ( (

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  1. More people get the flu from flu shots .

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