Stop Flu at School program kicks off early next year

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The state’s annual school vaccination program, Stop Flu at School, will be offering free flu vaccine to elementary and middle school children at public, private, and charter schools statewide.

Vaccination clinics will be held in January and February 2017.

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.

Information packets and vaccination consent forms are currently being distributed to parents through participating schools and are also available online. A fillable, electronic version of the consent form can be found at https://vaxonlinereg.doh.hawaii.gov.

To sign up for the free vaccinations available to their children, parents or guardians should complete and sign the consent forms, and return them to schools by the deadline, Friday, Dec. 16.

Translated consent forms will be available online at http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/flu-hawaii/sfas-parents.

For more information about Stop Flu at School, click here, or call Aloha United Way’s information and referral service at 2-1-1.

Registered nurses, nursing assistants, and medical assistants are also needed to assist with the registration and administration of flu shots. Click here to learn more.

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