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MUSD holds second free flu shot clinic at district office
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Manteca Unified students, employees and their family members stood in long lines Wednesday to receive their free flu vaccines. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

Jeremy Victorino appeared rather comfortable getting his seasonal flu vaccine.

In this case, the first-grade student from Nile Garden School received a flu mist dose through his nostril inside the Manteca Unified School District board room on Wednesday.

It was Victorino’s second straight year of getting his flu vaccine.

“He’s been just perfect (for us),” said Caroline Thibodeau, MUSD director of health services.

The vaccines were also administered as an injected shot, protecting against the three influenza viruses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such vaccinations should be taken before December, with the timing here ensuring that “protective antibodies are in place before flu activity is typically is at its highest.”

This was the second seasonal flu clinic in a month at MUSD. The first one was held on Nov. 2 with health services reporting an estimated 1,700 doses being administered that day.

Thibodeau was expecting similar type numbers on this second go-around.

The free flu clinic was open to MUSD students, employees and their families, ages 4 and older.

The word was delivered via e-mail to MUSD employees, the district website (, and telephone voice messaging system to students and families, according to Thibodeau.

She noted that the clinic was part of a coordinated effort consisting of district administrators and employees along with local police, ambulance and volunteers from Doctors Hospital of Manteca and the San Joaquin County Office of Education.

“We were set up to replicate the event of a pandemic,” Thibodeau said. “We have to make sure that we can vaccinate up to 1,000 people in an hour and a half.”

The clinic was scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

People lined up outside of the administration building despite the cold and windy conditions.

“We had one person standing in line as early as 1 p.m. for the 4:30 clinic start time,” Thibodeau said.