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State Health Officials Give Kids An Alternative To The Flu Shot

Department of Health Deputy Chief Sarah Park says, "Anyone who has kids in their home knows that kids are big spreaders of germs." Department of Health Deputy Chief Sarah Park says, "Anyone who has kids in their home knows that kids are big spreaders of germs."
Second grader Karli Murakami squirmed when she was administered the flu mist. Second grader Karli Murakami squirmed when she was administered the flu mist.
Third grader Tyler Santos also opted to try the nasal spray over the old fashioned flu shot. Third grader Tyler Santos also opted to try the nasal spray over the old fashioned flu shot.
Students at Mililani Mauka Received The Flu Shot Students at Mililani Mauka Received The Flu Shot
State health official are teaming up with the Department of Education to find the best way to vaccinate students state-wide against the flu. State health official are teaming up with the Department of Education to find the best way to vaccinate students state-wide against the flu.

by: Stephanie Lum

MILILANI (KHNL) - When it comes to catching the flu, health officials say our keiki are the most vulnerable.

"Anyone who has kids in their home knows that kids are big spreaders of germs," says the Department of Health Deputy Chief Sarah Park.

State health official are teaming up with the Department of Education to find the best way to vaccinate students state-wide against the flu.

Today, students from Mililani Mauka Elementary school lined up to get a flu vaccination.

The Health Department gave students a choice between the flu shot or flu nasal spray.

"We're lucky enough there are two formulations of vaccines out there," says Park. "Some students are nervous about getting something sprayed up their nose. We really want to assess how feasible is that because there is a price differential between the two vaccines."

Heath officials say the price difference could be as much as ten dollars.

Second grader Karli Murakami squirmed when she was administered the flu mist.

"It doesn't hurt when you get the nasal spray because the only thing that is going to happen is the medicine going up your nose," says Murakami.

Third grader Tyler Santos also opted to try the nasal spray over the old fashioned flu shot.

"It never hurt because I usually take stuff up my nose, I take a nasal spray and it felt pretty good," Santos said.

Depending upon their findings, the flu mist or the flu shot will be the best way to vaccinate.

Three Mililani Elementary schools participated in the pilot program. Health officials say they hope to include highschool students in their assessment at at later date.

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