School flu vaccine online sign-up opens this week

8/6/2018 by Dr. Robert M. Jacobson and Jennifer Brickley, RN

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It's time to sign up for your child to get vaccinated for influenza (flu) at school! For your child to take part, you must sign them up by September 12. No late online or paper forms will be accepted. 

The Olmsted County School-Located immunization Program (SLIP), offered by Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center, Olmsted County Public Health Services and public and private schools, provides flu vaccines at most schools each year. This year, SLIP is partnering with Dodge County to expand the program to include Kasson/Mantorville schools. 

To prepare children for the clinic, teachers will have a short video to use in their classrooms. The video shows how getting a flu shot works, and hopefully will easy any fears. 

There is one shared sign-up period for all school locations: 

  • Sign-up opens August 8 and closes September 12. 
  • Late sign-ups are not allowed. There will be no exceptions
  • We've improved the online sign up and it's easier to use than ever, especially for those with two or more children. 

This year the nasal spray, LAIV or FluMist is again available as an option. For more information about the return of the nasal spray, other information about the program, or to sign up, go to the school flu clinic website

Dr. Robert M. Jacobson is a primary care pediatrician in Employee and Community Health's (ECH) Division of Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (CPAM) and medical director of the ECH Immunization Program. 

Jennifer L. Brickley is a registered nurse in ECH and coordinator of the ECH Immunization Program.