Your child’s school nurse wants you to know that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has indicated that the influenza vaccine, commonly known as the “flu shot” will be required for ALL students whether they are remote or in-person learners by December 31st of this year.
It’s important for your child to get the flu shot to reduce the risk of getting sick with influenza, reduce the disease severity if your child gets sick (including the risk of hospitalization), and to prevent the spread to others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the flu shot will be especially critical to reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness on the population, protect vulnerable people from severe illness, and decrease the overall burden on the healthcare system. Contact your child’s pediatrician or your local pharmacy to schedule your child’s flu shot today! Then please provide flu shot documentation to your child’s school nurse.
Check out the new Flu Shot/Influenza Vaccine web page for more info and resources.