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Parents advised of flu vaccine

October 2, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

Parents of students in graded four through 12 are being advised that Emmet County Public Health is offering the FluMist nasal spray influenza vaccine to students at school this fall.

According to public health officials, parents who would like their child to receive the vaccine need to complete and sign a consent form and return it to the school office by Oct. 12.

FluMist nasal-spray flu vaccine will help prevent seasonal influenza. School-age children are up to four times more likely to be infected with influenza than adults, and FluMist is needle-free.

FluMist will be given during a school day in October with a confirmed date once vaccine is available. Emmet County Public Health nurses will administer the vaccines. Children not able to receive FluMist due to asthma, diabetes or other health issues should get a flu shot from their healthcare provider or by making an appointment at Emmet County Public Health at 362-2490.

Costs are as follow:

n Students with Medicaid - no fee. Be sure to write the Medicaid number on the consent form.

n Students with no insurance or insurance that does not cover vaccines - $10.

n Students with insurance or Hawk-I - $25. A receipt will be mailed to the home for reimbursement by insurance.

Vaccine will only be given to students with completed consent forms and payment information included.

For questions, contact Sharon Hooge, RN at Emmet County Public Health at 362-2490 or or Lisa Hansen, school nurse.



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