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State offering free flu shots to students

Lt. Governor James "Duke" Aiona at podium Lt. Governor James "Duke" Aiona at podium

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Hawaii state Department of Health is kicking off its "Protect Hawaii's Keiki: Stop Flu at School" program, state officials announced Monday. The program provides for students at 333 public and private schools throughout the islands to receive free flu vaccines at their schools.

"The Stop Flu at School program offers parents a convenient alternative to taking time off from work to get their child immunized against the flu," said Dr. Chiyome Fukino state Department of Health director.

Last year the program vaccinated over 70,000 students and close to 10,000 faculty and staff members. Unlike last year though, those receiving the vaccination will only have to go through one round of the injected or nasal spray vaccination as H1-N1 strains are now a component of the regular seasonal flu vaccine.

Parental consent forms are being sent home with students. Parents wishing to take advantage of the voluntary program must complete, sign and return the consent forms by September 9. The immunizations will begin October 12.

More information about the program can be found at: www.stopfluatschool.com

 

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