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3 Worth Co. systems help boost students health and attendance

Worth County's Elementary School, Health Department and Emergency Management are helping boost school disaster preparedness and attendance rates. / Tosin Fakile


Worth County's Elementary School, Health Department and Emergency Management are helping boost school disaster preparedness and attendance rates.

About 100 students signed up to get their flu shots on Friday which was administered by Worth County Health Department staff.

Worth County Health Department Manager Gina Connell said they were able to partner with the Worth County School System to expand the avenue of disaster response to their community.

"This is run off stemming from our drive thru flu clinic," said Thomas Whittington, Worth County Emergency Management Director. "In the event that our county is hit with avian bird flu pandemic, flu, any type of thing, we have 22,000 residents that we have to take care of and we have a certain time that we've got to get these vaccines out. By doing your preventive care its fantastic, it gives you a head start," he added.

Worth County Elementary was the first and only school to sign up for students to get their flu shots. The principal Dr. Steven Rouse said September is attendance awareness month across the state of Georgia and this their way of getting a head start of keeping up student attendance.

"We saw this as a great opportunity to hopefully increase our attendance rates in the months of October and November with those months traditionally being high number of absences due to flu and flu like symptoms," Rouse said.

Whittington said this one way they take care of their own in Worth County.

Worth County Health Department will be having a drive thru flu clinic on October 8th.

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