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Akron Children's Hospital to offer flu shots in local schools

Flu Vaccine
Posted at 10:58 AM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 10:58:50-04

AKRON, Ohio — Akron Children's Hospital will begin to offer flu vaccines this week in a dozen school districts as a way to make it easier and more convenient for students to get immunized.

In collaboration with Health Heroes, children with a parent's consent can get a flu shot regardless of their health care coverage.

“The best way to minimize or avoid the spread of influenza is to get an annual flu vaccine,” said Michele Wilmoth, director of School Health Services for Akron Children’s, in a news release. “The vaccine protects against the new strains of the flu so it's important to get vaccinated annually.”

The vaccines are provided at no cost to students, parents, schools or local/state government. Medicaid and private insurers will be billed, but students or their parents will never be billed for out-of-pocket expenses or deductibles.

The participating schools are:

  • Akron Public Schools
  • Akros Middle School/Edge Academy
  • Cuyahoga Falls City School District
  • East Palestine City Schools
  • Medina City Schools
  • Nordonia Hills City School District
  • Schnee Learning Center
  • Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools
  • Tallmadge City School District
  • Warren City Schools
  • Woodridge Local Schools
  • Windham Exempted Village Schools

The vaccinations will be administered by state-licensed nurses.