Flu vaccines to be offered to ES students, teachers on Oct. 26

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), in partnership with the Eureka Springs School District, will be offering flu vaccines to Eureka Springs students and teachers at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.

While the flu vaccine is not required for students to attend school, it is highly recommended. The flu vaccine helps reduce sick days for both students and parents, and reduces the spread of flu. The flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu. Some people may have mild soreness and redness near the site of the shot and a low fever or slight headache.

Students will be bringing home a consent form with the date that the vaccine will be given and a fact sheet about the flu vaccine. If parents want their child to get the vaccine, they must sign and return the form. Students will not be able to get the vaccine without signed parental permission.

If you have insurance, the ADH will ask your insurance company to pay for the cost of giving the vaccine. If you do not have insurance or your insurance company does not pay, the vaccine will be available at no charge to you. For students to get the flu vaccine, a parent or guardian must:

• Read the Vaccine Information Statement for the vaccine.

• Read and fill out the front and back of the ADH consent form.

• Print clearly all information needed on the ADH consent form.

• Make sure you have signed the ADH consent form for the flu vaccine.

• Sign the school district consent form.

• Return both consent forms to your child’s school as quickly as possible.

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