Baton Rouge elementary students get flu vaccines

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Dozens of Baton Rouge students were protected from the flu Thursday, according to parish health leaders.

This year's Flu Vaccinations for Children was kicked off at Claiborne Elementary School.

Children were given their vaccines using both the nasal spray as well as traditional injections.

State health officer Jimmy Guidry and East Baton Rouge Superintendent Warren Drake spoke at the event.

Drake talked to some students about getting their vaccines.

"They were all happy. They're looking forward to it," Drake said. "In fact, they told me they did last year. So they're smart kids. They know that being healthy is important, coming to school is important. So they had a good experience."

Vaccinations like these are planned for all EBR schools served by Our Lady of the Lake's Health Centers in Schools.

Health officials say kids are twice as likely to get the flu than adults. Officials say there are more than 42,000 students enrolled in the EBR school district.

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