The Forest County Health Department will be offering free, seasonal flu vaccine at the Wabeno School on November 2nd, 2016 from 2pm-4pm. If you would like to have your child receive a vaccination at the school clinic please complete a consent form and return it to your school by October 28th, 2016.
Anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu should get vaccinated. It is recommended that all people 6 months and older get a flu shot. Certain people are at higher risk of complications from the flu. Those people include children age 6 months to 18 years, pregnant women, people 50 years and older, anyone with chronic medical conditions, and people who live in nursing homes. There are two types of vaccine, Flu Mist (a live virus nasal spray) and the flu shot (an inactivated flu vaccine). At this time we are only offering the Flu Shot at your school, because the Flu Mist is unavailable this year.
Children under age 9, who did not receive two doses of the flu vaccine prior to July 1st 2016, need a second dose 4 weeks after receiving their first this year. The health department will notify the parents of the children that need a second dose and will return to the school to administer a second immunization to them. You will receive a second consent form to complete at that time.
The best way to protect yourself and your family from getting the flu is to teach and practice good hygiene, get your family their flu shots each year, keep your children home when they are sick, and help your family to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Below are links to a consent form and vaccine information statements. If you have questions on influenza vaccination, please contact your healthcare provider, or the Forest County Health Department at 715-478-3371.