Flu Vaccines Given in All Elementary Schools in Olmsted County, Minn.

Source: Mayo Clinic


The 30 public and private elementary schools in Olmsted County, Minn., are offering flu vaccines for students, thanks to a consortium created by Olmsted Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Olmsted County Public Health Services, and the participating education districts. Flu shots or mist will be administered in libraries and gyms with parental permission through Oct. 11. At the halfway point of the vaccination campaign, which began in September, more than 1,100 students had been immunized. Unlike other vaccination clinics, parents have to register online so that they can be billed by their provider; the Minnesota N Vaccines for Children program covers the vaccines for those without insurance. According to Olmsted County Public Health educator Shaylene Baumbach, “School nurses are feeling more involved and part of the solution to better the health outcomes of our students with chronic conditions.”

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