Healthcare Professionals, Take Note!
School-based flu vaccine programs are one of the most effective ways to prevent flu in the whole community. For the 2017–2018 season, Shoo the Flu provided free flu vaccines to over 8,800 students and school staff at 95 Oakland-area schools. But we’re not stopping there. We are already looking ahead toward the 2018–2019 program to ensure even more students get vaccinated.
It’s our goal to work with the greater healthcare community to prevent and protect against the dangers of flu for us all. Only nurses or supervised nursing students vaccinate students. All participating students receive a Parent Notification Form and all vaccinations, with permission, are recorded in California Immunization Registry (CAIR).
Flu Vaccine Is Recommended by AAP, ACIP & CDC
- They recommend all children age 6 months and up receive the vaccine.
- Those under age 9 may require 2 doses if it’s their first time, however, kids age 9 and up only need one dose.
- Children and adults should take advantage of the vaccine as soon as it’s available.
Here’s How It Comes to Life in Schools
- School-based vaccination clinics (we call them Flu Vaccine Days) are scheduled for October or as soon as the vaccine is available.
- The flu vaccine program is completely voluntary. Parent/Guardian consent will be required for all students.
- For more information about the types of information we share with and collect from students, please find the consent form here.
- Some students under age 9 may need a second dose for full protection against the flu. We’ll be directing them to their regular healthcare providers to receive the second dose as needed.
- Upon vaccination, students receive a paper record in addition to having it recorded in the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) with parent/guardian permission.
- Health insurance information is collected as insurers may help pay the cost of immunizations administered by Shoo the Flu, but there is no cost to students or their families.
Intranasal vs. Intramuscular Vaccine
The nurses vaccinating students will determine if a student is eligible for vaccination based on parent/guardian responses to the consent form medical questions. And they will take great care to ensure each student receives the vaccine best suited to his or her needs. The type of vaccine students receive will be based on their medical history and vaccine supply. Per national recommendations, only the intramuscular vaccine (flu shot) was available for students in Fall 2017.
Read More from the Experts
For more information on preventing influenza, please visit:
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
Local Flu Vaccine Contacts
To learn more about flu vaccine in Alameda County visit Alameda County Public Health Department.
Or email us with questions.