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Kara Zeysing, PharmD (Walgreens) & LPS Health Care Coordinator, Kristen Bunten, BSN, RN, NCSN
Kara Zeysing, PharmD (Walgreens) & LPS Health Care Coordinator, Kristen Bunten, BSN, RN, NCSN

The arrival of fall not only brings cooler weather and colorful foliage, it also reminds us that flu season will quickly be upon us.  The flu (influenza) is an infectious disease caused by a virus.  The Ludlow Public Schools Health Care Coordinator, Kristen Bunten, BSN, RN, NCSN, explained, “The best way to protect yourself, and your family members, from contracting the flu is to receive the flu vaccine, each year. Vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.”

In an effort to be proactive, and support Ludlow Public School employees to stay healthy, Bunten explained that flu clinics have been offered at each of the schools and central office, during staff lunches.  She added that the vaccinations are free for several insurances including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Cigna Medical Plan, to name a few.

“We have a great relationship with our local Walgreens pharmacist, Kara Zeysing, (PharmD) who has been coming to the district to provide flu shots since the fall of 2013,” said Bunten.  “At the moment, there are over 170 staff members who have signed up to receive the flu shot during the work day - plus family members have signed up to attend to the evening clinic.”

Zeysing added, “ We’re happy to offer this community partnership with the Ludlow schools. They just have to show up, fill out the necessary paperwork, and let us give them the shot!”

After receiving his flu shot, Baird Middle School Physical Education Teacher, David Folli, commented, “Having this clinic available during our school lunches is very convenient.  I believe everyone should consider getting a yearly flu shot; I get mine to help me stay healthy when flu season hits.”

As she was waiting for her flu shot,Tina DeLullo, Baird Middle School English Teacher, commented, “I’ve been getting my flu shot at school for several years. It’s just so convenient, and to be honest, if I didn’t get it here I know it wouldn’t get done.”

Bunten emphasized, “Receiving the flu vaccination will not only reduce your risk of getting the flu but will also help to minimize spreading it to others. Research indicates that when more people receive the flu vaccine, less flu viruses can spread.”  

 Kara Zeysing, PharD giving the flu shot to LPS staff.

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