Aloha SLES Ohana,
SLES will not be able to participate in the Stop Flu at School Program this year. The Department of Health recognizes that many families relied on the Stop Flu at School program as a free and convenient way to vaccinate their children. Parents are encouraged to have their children vaccinated for the flu by their healthcare provider. During the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the overall burden of respiratory illnesses, like flu, is important to protect vulnerable populations at risk for severe illness and the healthcare system. DOH also offers the following guidance:
- Parents/guardians of school-aged children, especially children that may have other health conditions that place them at higher risk for serious complications due to influenza illness, should speak with their child’s physician about receiving the flu vaccine in their office.
- Most health insurance plans cover the cost of recommended vaccines. Check with your insurance provider for details of coverage.
- With COVID-19 job losses affecting many of Hawaii’s families financially, it’s important to know parents can still get their children vaccinated. The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program offers free vaccines to families with Med-QUEST or no health insurance. Many healthcare providers are already enrolled in this long-standing, federally-funded program, serving children from birth through age 18. Parents are encouraged to call their child’s healthcare provider or visit the Hawaii VFC program if they have questions.
- Children ages 11 years and older can now be vaccinated in pharmacies with a prescription from their healthcare provider. The Department encourages families with older children to visit pharmacies for influenza vaccinations for adolescents and parents alike. To view information regarding pharmacies that offer influenza vaccinations, please access the online Hawaii Vaccine Locator at: http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/vaccines-immunizations/vaccine-locators/. Parents are encouraged to call pharmacies before presenting for vaccination to ensure vaccine availability and verify any age or insurance coverage restrictions.
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