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 ALACHUA COUNTY - A reported second wave of flu nationwide has the Alachua County Health Department and Alachua County Schools once again offering students free flu shots at school. 

Flu season in Florida has not yet reached its peak, and unfortunately hospitalizations and even deaths of children from the flu continue to be reported. Due to the prevalence and potential severity of this year’s flu virus, the Alachua County Health Department and Alachua County Public Schools are offering a second round of flu vaccinations in schools.

This round of vaccinations will be flu shots only. As always, the shots are free, safe and will be administered at school during the school day. If a student received a flu vaccine earlier this school year, he or she does not need another vaccination.

For students to participate, they must return a completed consent form to their school by Feb. 21.

The application is available online at (https://bit.ly/2OUW8Ro. There is also a parent information letter, a vaccine information sheet and a privacy notice.

Anyone with questions should contact the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-7916.

Clinics have been scheduled at all schools so that the process will be completed prior to Spring Break, which starts March 20.

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