For more information, contact:
Bob Mosier, Chief Communications Officer, AACPS, 410-222-5312
Elin Jones, Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 410-222-4508
For the ninth consecutive year, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health and Anne Arundel County Public Schools are teaming up to give elementary students the opportunity to receive free FluMist vaccines.
Between Monday, October 20, 2014, and Thursday, October 30, 2014, healthy children in kindergarten through fifth grade may receive the vaccine at their elementary school provided they have written parental consent. Parental permission forms and vaccine information sheets were sent home with students today. Permission forms must be returned to elementary schools no later than Wednesday, October 8, 2014.
FluMist, which is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is a safe nasal spray vaccine that contains the live, but attenuated (weakened), flu virus. Nationally, elementary schools with high flu immunization rates often notice reduced illness not only among the vaccinated students, but among their families as well.
Parents who did not receive the forms can download them from the links below. More information is also available on the County Department of Health’s website, www.aahealth.org.