Monday, October 02, 2017

Seattle Schools' Flu Shot Clinics Start This Week

FLU SHOTS for Our students and Community! 

Please join us and help keep our schools, families and communities healthy and flu free this season!
The Seattle School District is committed to helping keep our students, parents and our community healthy throughout the entire flu season. That’s why we have partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to provide “flu shot clinic(s)” for our schools. 
  • Roosevelt High September 29, 3-7 p.m.
  • Montlake Elementary October 2, 2-4 p.m.
  • Ballard High October 3, 3-7 p.m.
  • Ingraham Int. High October 4, 12-3 p.m.
  • Nathan Hale High October 9, 3-6 p.m.
  • West Seattle High October 11, 3-6 p.m.
  • TOPS K-8 October 17, 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
  • Lawton Elementary October 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Leschi Elementary October 26, 6-7 p.m.
The Clinics are open to all School District faculty, staff, students, and their families (children four years of age and older).

Many people believe that seasonal influenza (“the flu”) is much like the common cold and that it cannot be prevented. But, influenza is a serious and potentially dangerous disease. Each year students miss approximately 38 million school days due to the flu and each year parents miss more that 10 million workdays caring for their sick children. 

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the single best way to protect you and your family from influenza is to receive a “flu shot” each year. The CDC recommends that EVERYONE, over six months of age, should be vaccinated against the flu. 

Please note that students under the age of 18 will need a Patient Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian. Patient Consent Forms will be available at the clinic. 

All participants will be asked to provide their health insurance information (card) to receive an immunization. SVNA will electronically bill the insurance plan for your flu shot. They bill almost all insurance plans, but are not able to accept Cigna. Flu shots are considered preventive care and normally are not subject to deductibles or co-pays. 

Students 18 years and under without current health insurance coverage will be offered a flu shot at no cost. Adults without current insurance coverage may pay the $30.00 immunization fee for standard Trivalent with cash or check.


Anonymous said...

Thimerisol free?

I know multi-use vials of the flu shot still contain Thimerisol (mercury). I think kids are supposed to get the single dose without thimerisol.

Mag mom

Anonymous said...

This would be more useful if they explained it better. If they have shots available at my children's' school, can I sign a permission slip or paperwork, and they get a shot during the day? That would be convenient. Or would I have to take time off from work to be there with the kids while they got their shots? The latter is not particularly easier than just taking them to the doctor (which I can schedule to suit myself). Some of the school are having flu clinics that run into the evening, which could be helpful to people in the neighborhood, but a lot of them seem to be during school hours only, which seems odd if they are wanting it to be open to the public.

Also wondering why we haven't had an information from the school to advise people about this, if it is going to be going on during the school day in just a couple of weeks. I might have email them & ask.

Mom of 4