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2019 Olmsted, Dodge, and Mower County School-Related Immunization Program Frequently Asked Questions

What is new this year?

Sign up starts August 7 and will end on September 11 at 11 P.M. You cannot sign up your child after September 11 at 11:00 pm.

Why should school-aged children get the flu vaccine?

Preventing disease and keeping our children healthy is important! One of the best ways to keep our children healthy is through vaccines. Seasonal flu is a serious disease that spreads quickly among children. Children have the highest attack rates during community outbreaks of the flu. They are usually the first to have the disease in the community. They spread the flu very quickly to their family members, friends, and neighbors. Protecting our children from flu protects all of us. Everyone 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine every year.

Why is my school involved?

Getting the vaccine at school makes it easier for both children and parents. Children miss about 15 minutes of school. Parents don’t have to miss work. It also keeps our schools and community healthier during the flu season.

Who can get the flu vaccine at the school?

All students kindergarten through 12th grade (except for Austin Public School high school) who are signed up and qualify can get the vaccine. Even those without insurance can get the vaccine. This program cannot provide parents, teachers or preschool children the flu vaccine.

Who is giving my child the flu vaccine?

For Olmsted and Dodge Counties, nurses from Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center are giving the vaccine. For Mower County, nurses from Mayo Clinic Health System are giving the vaccine. They are using their own supplies from their own clinics. For Olmsted and Dodge Counties, children are assigned a clinic if they do not have a primary care provider yet.

Should I be at the school with my child?

No, the children do quite well with their peers. If you feel your child needs you to be with them, it is recommended to arrange for your child to get the flu vaccine at your primary care clinic and not at school.

When will flu vaccine be given at my child’s school?

Please see dates on the SEMIC website: https://www.semnic.org/schoolfluclinics.html

Can my child get the nasal spray (FluMist, LAIV) vaccine this year?

The injectable flu vaccine and the nasal spray flu vaccine are both recommended options for vaccines against influenza. We have learned there will be a shortage of the nasal spray flu vaccine this year. This means it may not be available at your child’s school. If you choose your vaccine choice as “nose spray only”, and if we do not have it, your child will not be vaccinated at school.

How do I sign up my child?

Parents can sign up their child online at https://www.semnic.org/schoolfluclinics.html. The child’s clinic will keep the completed form. The clinic will update the child’s health record after the vaccine is given. Parents can also get a paper form at their children’s schools if needed.

Is there a cost?

Insurance plans will cover all costs. You will have no out-of-pocket charges if your child has insurance coverage. If you do not have insurance, there will be no charge for the vaccine, but you may get a bill for $21.22 for the administration fee. If you cannot pay, please call the account services number listed below. No child will be turned away. All parents will get a statement that shows the bill and insurance coverage. This will be the same as the statement from a regular clinic vaccine visit. If you have a patient online account with your primary care provider, please make sure it is updated with your contact information and insurance information.

Mayo Clinic Patient Account Services: 507-266-5670 or 1-800-660-4582

Olmsted Medical Center Patient Account Services: 507-288-3443

Mayo Clinic Health System Patient Account Services: 1-844-217-9591 (toll-free)

What should I know about the flu vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a website that has detailed information about flu and the vaccine. The info is here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html

What if my child has a reaction to the vaccine?

Parents will be told right away if this happens at school. Refer to the vaccine-specific Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) to learn what typical and not typical reactions are to the vaccine. Here is the link to the VIS for the injected flu vaccine. Here is the link to the VIS for the nasal spray version. Contact your child’s health provider if your child has a moderate to severe reaction. Seek medical care as recommended.

What if my child has an allergy or a chronic disease?

Few allergies and chronic diseases prevent children from getting the flu vaccine. Read the Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html.

For other health questions, parents should call their child’s health provider or nurse line.

Why didn't my child get the flu vaccine? I signed them up.

There are a few reasons why this may have happened:

  • You did not sign up your child by September 11at 11:00 pm.
  • The sign up form was not complete or had the wrong information (wrong child, wrong birthdate, wrong school).
  • Your middle school or high school child did not come to get the vaccine when called.
  • Your child did not cooperate.
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