Flu Vaccine Guidance

Flu Vaccine Guidance
Posted on 12/04/2020

We would like to provide you with a reminder of the influenza vaccination guidance that is expected for all learners by the end of December.  Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health established this requirement as a way to reduce the spread of the flu and to reduce the risk of hospitalizations.  Parents and guardians are asked to provide proof of the flu vaccine to the nurse at your child’s school no later than December 31, 2020.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers

What forms should I present to the nurse at my child’s school?

One of the following:

  • A copy of a current physical form, showing the child received the flu vaccine during the 20-21 school year.
  • Verification of vaccine administration from a pharmacist.
  • Immunization report from a walk-in clinic, urgent care facility or primary care physician.

To whom should I send verification forms?

Forms should be emailed to the school nurse, dropped off at the school office or sent through the mail.

Where can I get a flu shot for my child?

Walk-in clinics, urgent care facilities, primary care physician’s office, pharmacies or public health clinics are places to access the vaccine.

Which students are required to receive the vaccine?

All SPS students are required to receive the influenza vaccine unless they have a medical or religious exemption.

How does my child receive an exemption?

Medical and religious exemptions are permissible in MA as follows:

  • Guardians can request a medical exemption from their primary care provider and share it with the nurse at their child’s school.
  • Guardians may provide a letter to their school nurse explaining the need for a religious exemption.

What type of vaccine qualifies in order to meet the requirement?

Any age-appropriate licensed flu vaccine (including injectable and nasal spray) for the current season meets the requirement.

Will students without appropriate documentation be excluded from school beginning on Jan. 1st?

Students may be excluded from in person schooling if the proper documentation is not received by the school.

As always, thank you for your continued partnership and support to keep our students healthy and safe.  Please contact me or the nurse at your child’s school you have any further questions. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Charlene Moske- Weber, SPS Director of Nursing and Health Services

cmoskeweber@salemk12.org, 978-825-5500

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