Thursday, December 6, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews || Updated: 12/7/18
Featured image: Loyola University Medical Center’s Pediatric Mobile Health Unit. | Photo submitted
Loyola University Medical Center’s Pediatric Mobile Health Unit and the Loyola University Chicago School-Based Health Center are collaborating to bring free flu shots to Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview District 89 middle school students.
The mobile health unit will be at Stevenson Middle School, 1630 N. 20th Ave. in Melrose Park, on Dec. 10, and at Irving Middle School, 805 S. 17th Ave. in Maywood, on Dec. 17
Loyola officials released a statement with more details on the initiative:
“Students must have a signed consent form in order to receive the flu shot. Consent forms and flyers explaining the importance of flu shots were distributed during parent-teacher conferences in November. Forms are also available in English and Spanish on the District 89 website. Parents or guardians should sign and return consent forms to their student’s teacher this week in order to qualify.
“The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all people over the age of 6 months get a flu shot every year. Getting a flu shot not only protects your child, it protects other family members because a vaccinated person who does not get the flu will not spread disease to others. The vaccine is made from a killed virus so your child can’t get the flu from a flu shot.
“Although everyone needs a flu shot, the free immunizations are only available to students in District 89. In addition to a flu shot, other ways to protect your family from the flu are to avoid contact with sick people, wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because this spreads germs.
Teach your family to always cover their mouth and nose when they sneeze, throw away the tissue, and wash their hands. If a family member does get sick with the flu, contact your doctor or other healthcare provider to get antiviral medication which can shorten the duration of the flu. People who are sick should stay home to avoid spreading the disease to others.
“Students at Proviso East High School may also get free flu shots from the School-Based Health Center within the high school if they have a signed parental consent form on file. There is no charge for School-Based Health Center services. All high school students should get a flu shot.
“For more information about flu immunizations at the Middle Schools, please consult the District 89 website or Facebook page. You may also contact the Proviso East School-Based Health Center at (708) 449-9522. Remember, a flu shot is the best way to keep your child healthy and ready to learn!” VFP
Correction: A previous version of this post mixed up the dates for when the unit would be at Irving and Stevenson. VFP regrets the error.
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