HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With most schools now in session, it's time to start preparing to prevent the flu.
The Department of Health's annual "Stop Flu at School" program kicked off Wednesday, which aims to help improve the health of children, families, and seniors by preventing the spread of the flu through vaccination.
Nine years since its inception, over half a million flu shots have been administered to students in schools across the state.
"When our students get a flu vaccine, it not only helps them, protects them from the flu, but it protects all of those that they have contact with," said Director of the Department of Health Virginia Pressler.
The free, state-wide program serves more than 65,000 Hawaii students every year. Flu shots are issued between mid-October and November, just in time for flu season.
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