School flu vaccines: What's new for 2017
5/22/2017 by Jennifer Brickley, RN
Although it's only May, it's time to plan ahead for school influenza (flu) vaccinations. This year, there are two big changes in this program, which is offered by Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center (OMC), Olmsted County Public Health Services (OCPHS) and Olmsted County public and private schools:
- One shared registration period for all participating Olmsted County public and private schools
- This will run from August 9 through September 13
- Registrations will not be accepted after September 13
- Addition of three Rochester public high schools - Century, John Marshall and Mayo
The program will only give the flu vaccine in the shot form. Non-medication pain relief, such as a coolant spray, will be available to make the shot as painless as possible. The nasal spray will not be available in any of the county's clinics or at public health.
Expect to receive information and links for registration in early August.
Jennifer L. Brickley is a registered nurse in Employee and Community Health (ECH) and is the program coordinator of the ECH Immunization Program.