SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Kindergarten to Grade 8 students in Spartanburg School District 1 will be able to roll up their sleeves to stay healthy.
School officials said that by the end of the week 64 students in 7 of their schools will have received the flu shot. The nurse practitioner said she was doing everything possible to try to prevent an increase by holding these free clinics.
“As a parent, I love the idea that you can do it here at the school or in the district,” said parent Toni Benfield.
Toni Benfield is a busy mother. She said that with the district offering free flu shots, it helps her schedule stay less busy.
“As a working mom, I love it because I don’t have to take the time to make a doctor’s appointment, take him there, wait, and then they do the right thing and then take them back to school. Then I have to get back to work, ”said Benfield.
She said her son was grateful that he was able to get the vaccine as well.
“He doesn’t like the idea of getting the vaccine, but he liked the idea of not missing school to have to do it,” she said.
Heather Lawter is the District One Family Nurse Practitioner. She said that with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the number of influenza cases will likely increase.
“I expect to see an increase in the flu this year. I think last year people thought it was gone, it just didn’t go. We were doing a really, really good job of social distancing, washing our hands and encouraging others to do the same, ”Lawter said.
She said it’s not just children who should be thinking about getting the vaccine.
“I encourage anyone who can get a flu shot to do so. Prevention is the best way, ”Lawter said.
District 1 officials said they partner with DHEC to offer these vaccinations every year.
“It’s just another way to offer, to offer another layer of protection,” said Sandra Williams, PIO for District One.
Sandra Williams said it was a service the district needed.
“Especially being in a more rural part of the county, transportation can sometimes be a barrier to accessing health care. So offering these clinics is one less thing a parent has to do with their child,” said Williams.
Williams said Monday’s clinic is just one of many taking place throughout the week.
- November 18 at Inman Elementary and Intermediate at 9:30 a.m.
- November 18 at Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary School at 10:30 a.m.
- November 19 at Campobello Gramling School at 8:30 a.m.
Some other school districts in Spartanburg run clinics. Spartanburg District 2 will have its flu and COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Tuesday, November 16, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. District 7 said it had just completed flu vaccination clinics.