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Akron Children's to offer flu vaccines in schools, community

09-29-2017 (Akron, Ohio )

As flu season approaches, Akron Children’s Hospital has been working with 12 Northeast Ohio school districts and the Summit County Health Department to offer convenient flu vaccine clinics. 

“Akron Children’s is once again partnering with an organization called Health Heroes to offer school-located flu vaccine clinics,” said Michele Wilmoth, director of School Health Services for Akron Children’s. “This is a wonderful way to get as many school children vaccinated with the goal of keeping them healthy and in school all year.”

The objective is to provide the flu vaccine to all children whose parents consent to it regardless of their health insurance coverage. Flu vaccines are provided at no cost to students, parents, or schools or local/state government.

The participating school districts are:

  • Akron Public Schools

  • Copley-Fairlawn City Schools

  • Coventry Schools

  • Crestwood Local Schools

  • East Palestine City Schools

  • Medina City Schools

  • Nordonia Hills City Schools

  • Tallmadge City Schools

  • Sebring Local Schools

  • Schnee Learning Center (Cuyahoga Falls)

  • Woodridge Local Schools

  • Wooster City Schools

“This is a win-win for everyone,” said Wilmoth. “We can save parents a trip to the doctor and keep students in class learning. The most important thing we can do to prevent flu is encourage everyone to get a flu vaccine.”

The process of school-located flu vaccination clinics can be compared to a school’s student picture day. Students will receive a vaccine and return to class in 15 minutes or less, says Wilmoth.

Health Heroes takes care of collecting consent forms and will bill private insurance carriers and Medicaid for the cost of the vaccine. The organization’s business model allows it to absorb the cost of vaccines for uninsured children. Teachers and school staff will also be offered the vaccine.  The vaccinations will be administered by state-licensed nurses.

In addition, Akron Children’s Locust Pediatric Care Group will team up with the Summit County Health Department to offer a free flu shot clinic from 9 am to 3 pm on Oct. 15 at the Blessed Trinity Parish, 300 East Tallmadge Ave. No appointment is necessary but those (adults and children) wishing to receive a flu shot must bring a photo ID, immunization record, Social Security Card and insurance card. For more information call 330-543-8530 if you are Locus Pediatric Care Group patient family or Summit County Health at 330-375-2772.