The state’s annual Stop Flu at School program begins Tuesday, Jan. 17, and will continue in more than 240 public, private, and charter schools statewide through Feb. 28.
This marks the 10th year for the voluntary program, which administers free flu vaccinations to Hawaii students in kindergarten through 8th grade who are enrolled at participating schools.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended the nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used during the 2016–2017 flu season because of data suggesting lower effectiveness of this vaccine. Therefore, only the flu shot will be offered through the Stop Flu at School program.
Only students whose parents filled out consent forms from the Dept. of Health and returned them to teachers by Dec. 16, 2016 will get the shots.
For more information about Stop Flu at School, click here, or call Aloha United Way’s information and referral service at 2-1-1.