School-located influenza clinics canceled this year
8/10/2020 by Dr. Robert M. Jacobson; Kayla Allen, RN; Julie Gebel, RN
The School-Located Immunization Program (SLIP) provides influenza (flu) vaccine to students in all Olmsted county schools, and some schools in Dodge, Goodhue and Mower counties. However, the flu program has been canceled for the 2020-2021 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means the flu vaccine will not be given in the schools this year.
Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center, and Public Health agencies in Olmsted, Dodge, Goodhue and Mower County have worked with the school districts to provide the (flu) vaccine to students in the schools for the past 11 years.
It is crucial for everyone, six months of age and older, to get the flu vaccine. Flu can cause serious problems in young children, older adults, and people with medical conditions. Due to COVID-19, a rough flu season could cause serious issues for our communities. It could further reduce school attendance and lessen health care options.
We will have more to share about flu vaccine in late September or early October. We advise all families to get their flu vaccine by the end of November.
Dr. Robert M. Jacobson is a primary care pediatrician in Primary Care in Rochester and Kasson's Division of Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (CPAM) and medical director of the Primary Care Immunization Program.
Kayla Allen is a registered nurse in Primary Care in Rochester and Kasson and is the program coordinator for School Health.
Julie Gebel is a registered nurse in Primary Care in Rochester and Kasson and is the immunization program coordinator for Primary Care in Rochester and Kasson.