FLU VACCINE AT SCHOOL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND PASSPORT HEALTH
What is ZAP! the FLU?
ZAP! the FLU is a school-based flu vaccination program. It is a partnership between Passport Health, and your local public school district and other community partners.
Providing flu vaccinations at school is one of the best ways to protect a community from the flu, reduce illness, and reduce absenteeism. Only students with a signed consent form will receive a flu vaccine. Flu vaccines are not a requirement to attend school.
This program is provided at no cost to the student or family. The flu vaccine is billed directly to medical insurance. If the child participates in SooneCare or is uninsured, the flu vaccine will be provided by the Vaccines for Children program funded by the State of Oklahoma. The flu vaccine is the same one that is given by health care provider’s offices and clinics.
How do schools prepare for ZAP! the FLU?
Participating schools will be sent ZAP! the FLU materials to help spread the word. Teachers can find additional resources such as coloring pages and lesson plans in the Downloadable Resources section towards the bottom of this page.
Consent forms will be sent to the schools in packets. English and Spanish versions will be provided.
Schools distribute consent forms to each student. Parents can also download the consent form in the Downloadable Resources section on this page.
Teachers will collect consent forms in envelopes provided by Passport Health. A collection box for these envelopes will be placed in the school’s front office.
How will Vaccine Days work?
- A team of nurses will set up in a space chosen by the school such as an auditorium or library.
- Students with a completed consent form will be escorted to the vaccination area by class.
- Students will receive the quadrivalent flu vaccine.
- After receiving the vaccine, students will be given a yellow vaccine card and a vaccine information sheet to take home.
All students will receive the injectable vaccine or “flu shot.” FluMist (nasal) will not be given this year at school. Parents wishing to receive the FluMist should check with their pediatrician office.
How will the flu vaccine help our school?
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, published in December 2006, states “School absenteeism rates in the peak flu activity week were significantly lower for elementary and high school students in the intervention schools, though not for middle school students. At intervention schools, unvaccinated students had higher absenteeism rates than their vaccinated counterparts. Also, parents of children in the intervention schools reported fewer work days missed because of flu-like illness.”
Read the full study at: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa055414