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November 17, 2011

Flu Vaccinations & The 2011-2012 Academic Year

I have heard that CCSD schools will be offering flu vaccinations this school year. Can you tell me more?

In order to keep children healthy and ready to learn, the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Charleston County School District (CCSD) are partnering to offer flu vaccinations (nasal mist and shot) in CCSD schools during school hours.

Your child has the opportunity to get a flu vaccine—either a shot or a nasal mist spray— during school hours.  It is easy to have your child vaccinated, with the process requiring no time off from work and no trip to the doctor or clinic. Participation is optional and requires parent/guardian permission.  The district has worked with DHEC to develop a vaccination plan designed to result in minimal disruptions to the school day.

Why are DHEC and the district offering vaccines?

Across the country each year, seasonal influenza results in 38 million school days missed and 1.6 billion dollars of lost income. Even healthy kids can get very sick from the flu, and they can spread it to others. The flu can make children sick enough to miss school, activities, or even be hospitalized.

DHEC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year.

This project is designed to decrease school absences and promote a healthy “community immunity” at your child's school.

How can I learn more?

Your child's school will be sending you a consent form, a flu vaccine information sheet, and a letter with more information. Your child's principal will also send out a ParentLink call to let you know about the distributed materials and the date of flu vaccinations scheduled at the school.

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