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FREE FLUMIST VACCINES OFFERED TO ALL AACPS ELEMENTARY STUDENTS THROUGH ANNUAL PARTNERSHIP WITH COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health and Anne Arundel County Public Schools are teaming up once again to give elementary students the opportunity to receive free FluMist vaccines.

Between Monday, October 26, 2015, and Thursday, November 5, 2015, 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 Friday, October 9, 2015.

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 Anne Arundel County Public Schools website, www.aacps.org. More information is also available on the County Department of Health’s website, www.aahealth.org.