Flu season is here!!!
This year, 2020-2021, the influenza vaccine (flu shot) is required for all students in grades PreK-12, whether learning remotely or in person. All students must receive a flu shot by February 28, 2021
Proof of immunization must be provided to the school nurse
The flu shot is important to reduce the risk of getting sick with influenza, reduce the severity of disease if one does get sick (including the risk of hospitalization) , as well as preventing the spread of influenza to others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, influenza vaccine will be especially critical to reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness on the population, protect vulnerable populations from severe illness, and decrease the overall burden on the healthcare system.
What is Influenza?
Influenza (“the flu”) is an infectious disease caused by a virus. When children are in a group with other children, they are more likely to get infectious diseases like influenza. The flu virus can cause serious illness. Children with certain conditions are at high risk for complications from the flu, but most children who get the flu are healthy. It’s very important for us to work together to protect all of the children in our care!
Which students need to receive the influenza vaccine?
Students in PreK – Grade 12 will be required to receive a flu shot for the current influenza season for school attendance unless they have a medical or religious exemption.
When do students need to receive the influenza vaccine
Students must receive influenza vaccine for the current season by February 28, 2021.
Are there any exemptions to receiving the influenza vaccine?
Medical and religious exemptions are allowable in the state of Massachusetts.
What type of influenza vaccine can students receive?
Any age-appropriate licensed influenza vaccine for the current season fulfills the requirement. This includes injectable and nasal spray vaccine types.
Will influenza vaccine be required every year or just for the 2020-2021 school year?
Influenza vaccine is now a required vaccine for school attendance and will be required as of February 28, 2021 for all students in PreK through Grade 12 each school year.
The single best way to protect against influenza is to get vaccinated each year because protection against the flu wears off over time. In addition, the flu strains in the vaccine often change from year-to-year in order to match the flu viruses expected to be circulating in the community.
Thank you for everything you do to help us keep your child safe and healthy! If you have questions, please feel free to email or call your school nurse.
Christine Courville, BSN RN
781-961-6251 ext 503
Kim Cabral, RN
781-961-6256 ext 504
Kaitlyn Kelly, RN
781-961-6248 ext 504
Heather Lemoine, RN
781-961-6211 Ext 508
Joanne Wells, RN
781-961-7485 ext 511
Margaret Mullin, RN
781-961-6220 ext 589