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 the seasonal flu vaccine to any student free of charge, as supply allows. Flu vaccine clinics will be held at each school site and will be available to both virtual and seated students.
It is extremely important that we protect our students and staff from the flu this year to ensure we are able to provide in-person learning.
- A completed and signed consent form is required for each student to receive the vaccine. Forms can be accessed at the link below or can be obtained at the school.
- Information about the vaccine can be found at the links below.
- Flu clinics are available to both virtual and seated students at their normal school site.
- Each site will have a flu clinic for Mon/Tue students and one for Thu/Fri students. Virtual students can participate in either clinic. Please review the flu clinic schedule at the link below to determine the date for your student.
- Seated students -
- Locate your school/site on the flu clinic schedule.
- Determine if that is a date your child will be in attendance.
- If not, look for the second clinic date for your school, which will be coded in the same color.
- Remember to provide a completed and signed consent form to the school in advance of the flu clinic.
- Virtual students -
The start time for each clinic must be flexible to allow our healthcare team to complete all vaccinations at one site before moving to a new location. As a result, virtual students will receive a phone call and text message on the days of their flu clinics to alert them when the healthcare team is en route to their school. It will be important for virtual students to arrive quickly at their school site, after receiving the notifications, as the healthcare team will only be at each site for a limited time. Virtual families can also track the healthcare team's location by clicking here.
- Locate your school/site on the flu clinic schedule identifying the two dates for clinics at that site. Both will be coded in the same color.
- Determine a date to participate.
- Provide a completed and signed consent form to the school on the day you participate.
- Seated students -
Contact your school nurse with 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.