JCPS begins flu immunizations for students

LOUISVILLE (WAVE) - JCPS starts offering free flu immunizations at schools today.

Public Health and Wellness nurses will be administering the immunizations.

Because there are so many schools, this will take awhile.  The immunization schedule runs into the first week of December.

In some schools UofL nursing students will be on hand, working with the children to ease their anxiety before their flu shot, and to monitor them for a few minutes afterwards.

This is a voluntary program, and each child will need a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian.  You can choose to have the shot or the nasal mist on the permission form.

It is free for the kids, provided by the Commonwealth through federal grants and programs.

Students will be protected against the flu about 2 weeks after getting the vaccine.

According to the CDC:

The nasal-spray flu vaccine is made with live, weakened flu viruses.  The viruses in the nasal spray vaccine do not cause the flu.

The "flu shot" is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm.

 Who should not be vaccinated:

  • People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
  • People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination.
  • People who have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated.)
  • People with a history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome (a severe paralytic illness, also called GBS) that occurred after receiving influenza vaccine and who are not at risk for severe illness from influenza should generally not receive vaccine. Tell your doctor if you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Your doctor will help you decide whether the vaccine is recommended for you.

Vaccine Side Effects (What to Expect):

Different side effects can be associated with the flu shot and mist.

The flu shot:

  • Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
  • Fever (low grade)
  • Aches

If these problems occur, they begin soon after the shot and usually last 1 to 2 days. Almost all people who receive influenza vaccine have no serious problems from it.  If they persist or are severe, call your doctor.

The nasal spray:

  • runny nose
  • wheezing
  • headache
  • vomiting
  • muscle aches
  • fever

Again, if these persist or are severe, call your doctor.

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