School Based Influenza Vaccination

Each fall, the SCPHN partners with schools to provide school-based flu clinics in schools throughout Strafford County. Children can get free flu shots at these clinics. SCPHN prioritizes schools where children are most likely to be uninsured.

During the 2019 season, we vaccinated  more than 1,400 students. Of those, 552 had Medicaid or were uninsured. In 2020, though COVID created some challenges, we vaccinated over 775 students (235 enrolled in Medicaid or uninsured).

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Volunteer with our Flu Clinics

Our School- & Community-Based Flu Clinics rely on clinical and non-clinical volunteers to help us provide vaccines to kids in our communities. We are always looking for volunteers to lend a hand during flu clinic season. Join our Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) on NHResponds to volunteer with us!

Flu Clinic Volunteer Training:

NH Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) has created a training that all SBFC volunteers are required to complete before attending a clinic. This training will be hosted on the CDC Train Website. If you have not already done so, you can create an account on their website here.

Once on the CDC website, you can enter the training course #202105 or you can click here to access the course.

*IMPORTANT NOTES FOR THE TRAINING COURSE:
You will be asked to make some selections at the beginning of the course, please use the following:

  1. Disease: You will be completing this training for FLU VACCINE CLINICS only at this time
  2. Location: While we will be hosting in-school and drive-thru clinic models, you are only required to complete the module for IN-SCHOOL
  3. Primary Role: You may have several different roles during our SBFC season, but are only required to complete this training module one time
    • Non-clinical volunteers, please select any of the following options: screener, observer or exit administrator
    • Clinical volunteers will select ‘vaccinator’

Please submit your certificate of completion via email to jirwinmrc@gmail.com

If you have questions, please contact SCPHN@GoodwinCH.org

*If you are a Greater Seacoast Community Health Employee, please complete the training above & email it to SCPHN@GoodwinCH.org

How you can prevent the flu from spreading:

  1. Get vaccinated! You can visit your doctor's office, pharmacy, urgent cares and public flu clinics like ours to receive your flu shot.
  2. Wash your hands! Make sure to wash your hands frequently to help reduce the chance of spreading germs.
  3. Keep your hands off your face! Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth to keep out any germs you may have picked up along the way.
  4. Cover your coughs & sneezes! To stop the spread of germs that can make you and others sick.
  5. Stay home if you're sick or don't feel well! This will keep you away from others and keep you from spreading a possible illness, like the flu, to others.

Visit the CDC's website here for more information about how you can stop the spread of the flu.

Which schools do we visit?

The Strafford County Public Health Network visits more than 20 schools throughout Strafford County to offer free influenza vaccinations to students with parent/guardian consent. Contact your school nurse for more information and to sign your student up!

Why sign your child up for this year’s flu clinic?

  • It is provided at NO COST to your family.
  • Your child will be less likely to get the flu and miss school time.
  • You won’t have to miss work when your child is sick with the flu.
  • You won’t have to make a trip to your medical provider!

The best way to protect against the flu and its complications is to get a flu vaccine each year. Anyone can catch the flu, but rates of infection are often highest among children. Some children may suffer from complications if they have other health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services recommend that everyone six months of age and older get a flu vaccine. With back-to-school time comes a whole checklist of things you need to take care of to get the year started off right. The Public Health Network school-based flu clinics, where your child can get an annual flu vaccine, can help take care of important health needs in the comfort of their own school.

This guide, created by the CDC, offers more reasons to get the influenza.

You can find the CDC's most updated Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) here

Please contact SCPHN@GoodwinCH.org for more information

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