Influenza

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending that schools again offer Seasonal Influenza (flu) vaccinations to school aged children for the 2018-2019 school year.


During the 2017-2018 influenza season, the United States had record breaking levels of influenza illness.  Hospitalizations were of high severity in all age groups and geographically widespread for an extended period.  The flu vaccine helps your body to protect itself against the flu. Getting flu vaccine will not give you the flu or any other type of illness. Getting vaccine is the best way to protect against flu. 

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/flu-information-for-the-general-public

The Braintree Health Department will be offering students in middle and high school an opportunity to obtain the Flu vaccine in school on Nov 7, 2018 at both middle schools and Nov 14, 2018 at the high school.

Students need to have a completed vaccine consent/insurance form and screening form completed and returned to the school nurse by Friday November 2 in order to participate in the clinic.  

Forms can be found online or obtained at your child’s school health office.

If you have health insurance be sure to complete that information on the consent/insurance form.  Everyone with a form will receive the vaccine regardless of insurance. 

Students will be given a form stating they received the vaccine at the clinic.  Be sure to check in with your child for the form on Nov 7, 2018 or Nov 14, 2018.

We will only be able to vaccinate students who have returned the consent/insurance form.

Action Needed

  • No Vaccine: No Action Needed
     
  • Yes Vaccine:
  1. Read Vaccine Information Sheet
  2. Fill out consent/insurance and screening forms
  3. Return both forms to student’s school nurse no later than Friday November 2, 2018
  4. Ask student for form documenting vaccine was given November 7 or 14 after school.

If you have questions please feel free to contact your student’s school nurse.

Thank you
Jean Afzali MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN
Director of Nursing Services