PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY). CareDox plans to offer free flu shots to students in Portsmouth Public schools. Healthy Schools will manage the school-based vaccination program, from getting parent consent to setting up on-campus vaccination clinics to billing students’ insurers directly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu vaccination protects against numerous flu strains, eases symptoms if a child gets sick, and reduces flu-related hospitalizations. Due to the severity of the flu season last year, CareDox wants to make sure every student has the opportunity to sign up. To register, click here. The clinic will take place from 7:30-10:00 am today.