Friday December 9, 2011
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has completed its 2011 flu immunization campaign in all 155 Jefferson County Public Elementary, Middle and High Schools and other learning centers. The campaign, which ran from October 13 through December 8, gave more than 20,000 free flu immunizations to students and more than 2,700 immunizations to JCPS staff. Private insurance paid for JCPS staff immunizations.
“This was a tremendous community effort,” said Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt. “I’d like to thank JCPS and all of our community partners for their help in this campaign. It will go a long way toward protecting our community against flu this season. Our success would not have been possible without all of our partners.”
“It’s been great working with the Department of Public Health and Wellness and everyone else involved in the flu immunization campaign,” said JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens. “Having so many of our students immunized against the flu should help to cut down on absences this winter.”
Louisville is the only city in the region to undertake such a massive school flu immunization campaign. Public Health and Wellness nurses and other staff were joined by nurses and clerical staff from Norton Healthcare, students from the Sullivan University School of Pharmacy, students from the University of Louisville School of Nursing, and nurses and clerical staff from the Medical Reserve Corps. JCPS nurses and nurse practitioners also gave immunizations at some of the schools and University of Louisville Hospital assisted by storing a portion of the vaccine.
This is the third year that the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has offered flu immunizations in schools. In 2009 the department offered free H1N1 immunizations in all schools with special one-time federal funding. In 2010 the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness provided free immunizations at the 66 Jefferson County Public Schools where 80% or more of the students were on free or reduced-price lunches. This year the department was able to expand its campaign to all 155 schools.
Vaccine for this year’s school immunization campaign was provided by the state of Kentucky through various federal programs. The campaign was voluntary and each child needed a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian in order to be immunized.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that school-aged children be immunized against the flu since 2008. The CDC now recommends that all people 6 months of age and older receive an influenza vaccination.
The Department of Public Health and Wellness continues to offer flu vaccinations to adults and children. Vaccinations are still available by appointment at four community sites. Call the clinic site at the phone number listed below to make an appointment.
Dixie Health Center
7219 Dixie Highway
Neighborhood Place East Health Center
810 Barret Ave
Middletown Health Center
200 Juneau Drive
Newburg Health Center
4810 Exeter Avenue