Free flu shots available for students
Springfield Public Schools, in cooperation with Jordan Valley Community Health Center, and with support from CoxHealth, Mercy and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, is offering seasonal flu vaccine to any student free of charge, as supply allows.
Flu vaccine clinics will be held at 55 School sites. The first clinic will be held Monday September 23, where the Inactivated Influenza (flu shot) Vaccine (Spanish version) will be administered. Vaccine information in other languages can be found here. View the flu clinic schedule.
For your convenience, the required consent form (Spanish version) is available online to print, complete, sign, and return to your child's school nurse. Paper copies of the required consent form are available at the school site.
Parents should contact their child’s school nurse if they have additional questions.
Protect Yourself During Flu Season
CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, ideally by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating in the community, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.
In addition to getting a seasonal flu vaccine if you have not already been vaccinated, you can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others.
Also, it’s important to remember that antiviral drugs can be used to treat flu illness and prevent serious flu complications. Antiviral drugs become even more important when circulating flu viruses are different from the vaccine viruses, which can mean that the vaccine doesn't work as well in protecting against infection with those viruses. People at high risk (such as children younger than 2 years, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, people who have medical conditions) or are very sick (such as those hospitalized because of flu) should get antiviral drugs. Other people can be treated with antivirals, at their health care professional’s discretion. Treating high risk people or people who are very sick with flu with antiviral drugs is very important. It can mean the mean the difference between having a milder illness instead of very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.
Antiviral drugs are prescription drugs that can be used to treat the flu or to prevent infection with flu viruses. Treatment with antivirals works best when begun within 48 hours of getting sick, but can still be beneficial when given later in the course of illness. Treatment with flu antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and shorter. Treatment with antivirals also can lessen serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization or death. Antiviral drugs are effective across all age-and risk groups. Studies show that antiviral drugs are under-prescribed for people who are at high risk of complications who get flu.