Schools To Offer FluMist Vaccines To Elementary Students

| October 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Child receives flu mist vaccineFor the fifth consecutive year, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health and Anne Arundel County Public Schools are teaming up to give elementary students the opportunity to receive free FluMist vaccines. Between Monday, October 18, 2010, and Friday, October 29, 2010, healthy children between the ages of 5 and 11 may receive the vaccine at their elementary school provided they have written parental consent. Parental permission forms along with a vaccine information sheet have been sent home with students.

“This program provides easy and free access to vaccinations for students so that parents have one less worry when it comes to keeping their children healthy,” schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell said. “It is a very
valuable partnership that helps keep students in the classroom and striving for academic excellence rather than at home battling illness.”

FluMist, which is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is a safe nasal spray vaccine that contains the live, but attenuated (weakened), flu virus.

Permission forms must be returned to elementary schools no later than Friday, October 8. Parents who did not receive the forms can download them from the Anne Arundel County Public Schools website, www.aacps.org. More information is also available on the County Department of Health’s website, www.aahealth.org.

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