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School Officials, Mayor get flu shots to promote preventative care

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Published: Oct. 3, 2018 at 4:57 PM CDT
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Several Community Officials took part in a statewide initiative Wednesday that involved getting flu shots in front of cameras.

Some school officials, and Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson got their flu shots as part of the "Focus on Flu" campaign being ran by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

For the schools in Bowling Green/Warren County, student welfare is a priority.

"The past two years have been problematic," said Warren County Superintendent Rob Clayton.

Clayton got his flu shot Wednesday hoping to bring awareness to the shot's benefits, and debunk some of the myths about it.

"If we can keep our staff healthy, keep our kids healthy, then student learning and student opportunities will follow," he said.

Bowling Green Independent School District (BGISD) and Warren County Public Schools (WCPS) offer opportunities for their staff to be immunized for the flu.

"Getting the flu shot is just one of those efforts that we can do to take care of ourselves, but also prevent the spread of it," said Leslie McCoy of BGISD. "Last year, our schools had a lot of absenteeism as it related to the flu, and it's important that we take as many steps as possible to prevent that for our own health, but also for academics."

Former Congressman Ben Chandler is President of The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. He was in Bowling Green Wednesday.

"The schools here in Warren County, they both can be big vectors for the spread of this disease," he said. "It's particularly important for people who are going to be around a whole lot of other people to get the flu shot."

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has teamed up with the Barren River District Health Department for this part of the "Focus on Flu" campaign.