Student Support Programs and Services
Influenza Information

Friday, September 18, 2020

Pasco County Schools is partnering with Health Hero Florida to provide NO COST flu vaccine to students with parental consent from October 5 – 9. The Centers for Disease Control recommends use of injectable influenza vaccine only; the nasal spray flu vaccine ("flu mist”) is not available and will not be administered. Qualified Health Hero Florida professionals will ONLY administer the injectable influenza vaccine.

Consent forms will be sent home by your child’s school and are available below. In order for your child to receive the flu vaccine shot during their scheduled clinic day parents must complete and sign the consent form and return it to the school. If the form is incomplete or unsigned your child will not receive the flu vaccine. Since this is a voluntary service, if you do not want your child to receive this vaccine, please DO NOT complete the consent form.

The flu shots will be available to students attending school in the Traditional bricks and mortar learning model. It will not be available to students attending school remotely (mySchool Online and Pasco eSchool) due to logistical issues.  Parent of students attending remotely can go to the Health Department for FREE flu vaccine for any child under the age of 19.

Please see the schedule below to find out the date for your child’s flu vaccine clinic. Consent forms are also available below in English and in Spanish. These can be printed out, completed, signed and returned to the school. For more information, please visit HealthHeroFlorida.com

Flu Consent Forms

Testing Sites

Date School
7-Oct Achieve Center of Pasco
6-Oct Anclote Elementary
6-Oct Anclote High
6-Oct Bayonet Point Middle
6-Oct Bexley Elementary
5-Oct Calusa Elementary
8-Oct Centennial Elementary
8-Oct Centennial Middle School
6-Oct Charles S. Rushe Middle School
5-Oct Chasco Elementary
5-Oct Chasco Middle
8-Oct Chester W. Taylor Elementary
7-Oct Connerton Elementary
6-Oct Cotee River Elementary
5-Oct Crews Lake Middle
7-Oct Cypress Creek High
7-Oct Cypress Creek Middle
5-Oct Cypress Elementary
6-Oct Deer Park Elementary
7-Oct Denham Oaks Elementary
8-Oct Double Branch Elementary
5-Oct Fivay High
5-Oct Fox Hollow Elementary
6-Oct Gulf High
5-Oct Gulf Highlands Elementary
5-Oct Gulf Middle
6-Oct Gulf Trace Elementary
6-Oct Gulfside Elementary
6-Oct Harry Schwettman EC
5-Oct Hudson High
5-Oct Hudson Middle
6-Oct J.W Mitchell High
8-Oct James Irvin EC
6-Oct James Marlowe Elementary
7-Oct John Long Middle School
8-Oct Lachoochee Elementary
7-Oct Lake Myrtle Elementary
7-Oct Land O' Lakes High
6-Oct Longleaf Elementary
6-Oct Marchman Technical College
5-Oct Mary Giella Elementary
6-Oct Mittye P. Locke Elementary
5-Oct Moon Lake Elementary
8-Oct New River Elementary
5-Oct Northwest Elementary
7-Oct Oakstead Elementary
6-Oct Odessa Elementary
8-Oct Pasco Elementary
8-Oct Pasco High
8-Oct Pasco Middle
6-Oct Paul R. Smith Middle
7-Oct Pine View Elementary
7-Oct Pine View Middle
7-Oct Quail Hollow Elementary
8-Oct Raymond B. Stewart Middle School
5-Oct Richey Elementary
5-Oct River Ridge High
5-Oct River Ridge Middle
8-Oct Rodney B. Cox Elementary
8-Oct San Antonio Elementary
7-Oct Sand Pine Elementary
7-Oct Sanders Memorial Elementary
5-Oct Schrader Elementary
8-Oct Seven Oaks Elementary
6-Oct Seven Springs Elementary
6-Oct Seven Springs Middle
5-Oct Shady Hills Elementary
6-Oct Sunlake High
6-Oct Sunray Elementary
7-Oct Thomas E. Weightman Middle
6-Oct Trinity Elementary
7-Oct Trinity Oaks Elementary
7-Oct Veterans Elementary
8-Oct Watergrass Elementary
5-Oct Wendell Krill Technical
7-Oct Wesley Chapel Elementary
7-Oct Wesley Chapel High
8-Oct West Zephyrhills Elementary
7-Oct Wiregrass Ranch Elementary
7-Oct Wiregrass Ranch High
8-Oct Woodland Elementary
8-Oct Zephyrhills High

General Information

The Florida Department of Health has provided specific guidance for parents (see letter here) as influenza or flu is now widespread across our state. Symptoms of the flu often include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, or fatigue. The single best way to protect against seasonal flu and its potential severe complications is for children to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year. Antiviral medication for flu has been shown to reduce severity and length of disease, and decrease the risk of complications from influenza. Making healthy choices at school and at home can help prevent the flu and keep it from spreading to others. Children, parents, and staff should take the following everyday preventive actions (see here):

  • Stay home when you are sick and keep your child with flu symptoms home from school. Children must not return to school for at least 24 hours after their symptoms have disappeared.
  • Contact your health care provider if you or your child are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Cover your sneezes or coughs with tissue or your elbow and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school.

For more information, please visit http://cdc.gov/flu/parents/index.htm

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