ROCHESTER, Minn. – School flu vaccine will now be available in nasal spray in Olmsted and Dodge counties.
Olmsted Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Olmsted County Public Health, and Dodge county Public Health have been offering flu shots for 10 years at nearly all schools in Olmsted County and in Kasson and Mantorville. This is the first year, however, the vaccination will be offered in nasal spray form.
“We are striving to make the influenza vaccine available to all school children. Vaccination of school-aged children is the most effective way to prevent outbreaks of influenza within the school setting and the community,” says Dr. Robert M. Jacobson, Medical Director for the Employee and Community Health Immunization Program at Mayo Clinic.
Olmsted County Public Health says a normal adult has about a seven person chance of getting the flu any given season, but school kids have about a 20 percent chance.
Online sign up is now available and parents have until September 12 to sign up their child. The vaccine will be distributed between September 17 and October 16.
For more information or to sign up a child, click here.