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 2017 season, we vaccinated 1,225 students. Of those, 483 had Medicaid or were uninsured. This year, we are hoping to reach even more students.
The Strafford County Public Health Network will be visiting the schools listed below offering free influenza vaccinations to students who come prepared with parent/guardian consent.
- Somersworth High School
- Somersworth Middle School
- Henry Wilson Memorial School (Farmington)
- Farmington High School
- Nute Middle & High School (Milton)
- New Durham Elementary School
- Middleton Elementary School
- Maplewood Elementary School (Somersworth)
- Rollinsford Grade School
- Milton Elementary School
- Dover High School
- Valley View Elementary School (Farmington)
- Idlehurst Elementary School (Somersworth)
- Dover Middle School
- East Rochester School
- Chamberlain Street School (Rochester)
- Gonic School (Rochester)
- McClelland School (Rochester)
- William Allen School (Rochester)
- Rochester Middle School
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.