The Big Walnut School District and Delaware General Health Department have joined forces to host an opt-in flu clinic for Big Walnut students from Nov. 9-13, Big Walnut district nurse Megan Truax announced last week.
“A school-based flu clinic is a convenient and safe way to protect students from the flu,” Truax said. “Because of a national shortage of flu mist, a nasal spray will only be given to elementary building students unless a flu shot is requested; students in grades 5 through 12 will receive the flu shot.”
Truax said a Delaware General Health District registered nurse would administer the flu vaccine; parents do not need to be present.
“Medicaid and most private insurance companies will be billed,” Truax said. “Insurance information will be verified prior to the clinics. If there appears to be a cost to any parents, the Delaware County Health District will contact them before administering the vaccine.”
Truax said children without insurance coverage would be given the flu vaccine free of charge through a state program.
To participate in the school-based flu clinic, parents must complete, sign and date the vaccine consent form.
Copies of the consent form will be sent home with elementary and intermediate students. Paper copies will be available in the school office for middle and high school students.
To download the consent form, go to the Big Walnut Local School District website at bigwalnut.k12.oh.us. Under “In The News,” click “Flu Clinic,” then click “School Vaccine Consent Form.”
For more information, contact Truax at email@example.com or the health district at 740-368-1700.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093