RISD won’t offer annual flu shots to its students

RISD Nursing Supervisor

The f lu season is quickly approaching and it is important to protect your children and your family. The Center for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services recommends that all people above the age of six months get vaccinated.

In the past the health department was able to come to the schools and administer the vaccination free of charge to all the students. Unfortunately there is a new law that prevents the health department from vaccinating children who have insurance or other forms of medical reimbursement. Because of this and due to confidentiality of financial information, there will not be an on-site flu clinic for the students.

However, the health department will administer flu vaccinations free of charge to individuals who do not have insurance or are on Medicaid. The Rockdale Health department is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m:00 to noon and from 1-4:30 p.m.. If you and your children would like to receive the flu vaccination and do not have insurance or are on Medicaid; please visit their office or contact them at 512-446-4026.

If you or your children do have insurance please note that many insurance companies will cover the full charge of the flu vaccination as incentive to get vaccinated. If you have insurance please check with your family physician to see if you and your children are able to receive the vaccination with no cost to you.

The Texas Department of State Health Services recommends watching for announcements about flu vaccinations offered by supermarkets, drug stores, and other businesses or commercial organizations in the community.

More information about the flu vaccination and where to receive the vaccination can be found at, www.dshs.state. lu/f lu-get-vaccinated. shtm#,, the local Rockdale Health Department (512- 446-4026), the Cameron Health Department (254-697-7039), your primary care providers and the school nurse (512-430-6104).

Thank you for your patience and understanding. I am open to questions or suggestions you may have regarding the availability of the flu vaccination.

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