ELYRIA — Elyria Schools students will have the opportunity to get free flu shots this fall thanks to a partnership with a company covering the entire cost.
Beginning Nov. 6 at all schools in the district, Healthy Schools will accept students to get flu shots.
The Florida company is dedicated to bringing high-quality, no-cost health services to public school students during the school day, according to its website. The company works in about 100 districts in eight states.
District Pupil Series Director Denise Blatt said the company contacted her earlier in the year about the partnership.
“A lot of our students don’t have access to immunization or flu shots, so we decided to offer that in schools,” Blatt said.
Blatt added the shots will help in keeping students in class rather than absent due to the flu.
Healthy Schools community engagement manager Britni Manners agreed, saying last year was one of the worst flu epidemics of the decade. A total of 179 influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported for the 2017-18 season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Manners also said giving flu shots to children during school hours helps them academically and medically, but also financially. Flu shots, she said, aren’t included in the shots for check-ups and usually require a separate appointment.
“Often parents cannot afford to take off three or four hours of work (so) their child can get another shot,” she said.
The company will provide teams of three to five nurses with four clinic stations a day at each location, with two in the morning and two in the afternoon. Students will need their parents to sign a permission slip and bring their medical insurance card. Students who aren’t covered still are able to receive shots.
Parents can register at www.elyriaflu.com up until three days before Nov. 6. For more information, call Blatt at (440) 284-8246.