Soccer champion Brandi Chastain teaches San Antonio students about flu vaccines

World Cup champion puts on soccer clinic at Larkspur Elementary

Author: Jenna Hiller, Reporter,
Published On: Sep 19 2012 12:32:33 PM CDT

Two-time World Cup champion and three-time Olympian Brandi Chastain visited San Antonio's Larkspur Elementary School Wednesday to teach students about soccer and about the flu.

She has partnered with MedImmune, the maker of FluMist, to push the importance of flu vaccines.

"I couldn't go to the Olympic games. I couldn't go to the World Cup if I wasn't healthy. One small part of that is making decisions about getting the flu vaccine," Chastain said.

She teaches students that there is more than one option available for vaccines, that the flu changes every year, and that taking the vaccine helps prevent those who can't be vaccinated.

Chastain's message might be about health, but what really gets the attention of a group of students is her soccer skills.

"Their eyes get really big. You talk about the World Cup and you talk about the Olympics, you know, (and) they start to process it a little bit, but I think it's when I take out the soccer balls and we actually start playing soccer," Chastain said.

Students might seem like an unlikely audience for a lesson on flu vaccines, but doctors say schools are hot spots for flu.

"This is a population that's actually going to be protected, and when they go home, they're not then going to transfer this to parents and grandparents," Dr. Anil Mangla, chief of epidemiology for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District said.