Online registration for flu vaccination in schools to begin Aug. 11
It's time to sign up to have your child vaccinated at school through the School-Located Immunization Program.
Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center and Olmsted County Public Health Services support this program, which vaccinates children for the flu at their schools each year. Also partnering with the program are Dodge County Public Health, Goodhue County Public Health, Olmsted County public and private schools, Kasson-Mantorville Schools, and Pine Island Independent School District 255.
You have until Sept. 15 at 11 p.m. to sign up. Online sign up is preferred. It's quick, especially for those with two or more children. Paper forms will be available at Meet the Teacher or Step Into Learning events, and in school offices. No online or paper forms will be accepted after Sept. 15 at 11 p.m.
The injectable vaccine will be available in schools for those in kindergarten through grade 12. Non-drug, pain-reducing options will be offered. Teachers will have a short video for the elementary classrooms to ease their students' concerns:
Contact your primary care provider if you choose to have your children receive the nasal spray vaccine. This option will not be offered during school clinics due to COVID-19 masking restrictions.
You can learn more about the School-Located Immunization Program and sign up your child for this year's flu vaccination program on the Southeast Minnesota Immunization Connection website.