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Help Fight the Flu!

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Flu vaccine at school and near you

Children are at high risk for catching and spreading the flu. When we protect kids from the flu, everyone stays healthier!

With the help of the Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps, we provide flu immunization clinics at several—but not all—schools in Pierce County. Please call your child's school for more information. If your child’s school doesn’t offer a flu clinic, check the free children's immunization calendar to find free immunization sites in the community.

Why does my child need the flu vaccine?

  • It is a safe and effective way to prevent the flu.
  • Children miss fewer days of school because of illness.
  • Parents miss less time from work to be home with a sick child.
  • Children won't spread the flu to other family members at home.
  • It helps your child avoid flu-related health complications.

Which vaccine will my child receive?

  • While flu vaccine is available as a shot or nasal spray this season, nasal spray will not be available at in-school flu immunization clinics.
  • Most children remain calm when getting a shot. If your child becomes too stressed, we will not give the vaccine.

What do I have to do?

  • Fill out and sign the flu vaccine consent form. Return it to the school by the clinic date.
  • Return the completed consent form to the school's main office two days before the clinic.
  • Read this document about the flu vaccine. Influenza Vaccine: What You Need to Know.
  • Please complete medical coverage information. We will charge your insurance company or Medicaid an administration fee.
  • If you do not have insurance for your child or the insurance/Medicaid does not pay, no one will bill you.
  • Nurses from the Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps give the flu vaccine during school hours. A parent does not need to be present.

If you have questions about flu vaccine at school, call Carolyn at (253) 798-4428 or Denise at (253) 798-7671.


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