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Stop Flu at School Vaccination Clinics Begin

November 1, 2017, 10:16 AM HST
* Updated November 2, 8:40 AM
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The Hawai‘i State Department of Health’s annual Stop Flu at School program began on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, and will continue in more than 167 public schools statewide through Dec. 21, 2017.

The voluntary program administers free flu shots to Hawai‘i students in kindergarten through eighth grade who are enrolled at participating schools. (See below for participating Hawai‘i county schools and dates).

The DOH says approximately 35,000 students are expected to be vaccinated during the seven-week program.

“Vaccination is our best defense against the flu,” said Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist. “Since flu can cause severe illness in people of all ages, we encourage everyone to talk to their doctor to learn more and get vaccinated.”

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone six months and older. The CDC says that each year, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands of deaths in the United States.

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In addition to vaccination for everyone six months of age and older, DOH recommends other flu prevention strategies, which include staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and washing hands frequently.

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For those unable to be vaccinated through the Stop Flu at School program, flu vaccine is available through healthcare provider offices, clinics, and pharmacies. For a list of vaccinating pharmacies statewide, visit the DOH Vaccine Locator.

Click here for more information about the Stop Flu at School program or call the Aloha United Way’s information and referral line at 2-1-1.

November

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Nov. 1–7, 2017

Kau Learning Academy – 11/1
Na‘alehu Elementary & Intermediate – 11/1
West Hawaii Explorations PCS – 11/1
DeSilva Elementary – 11/2
Kaumana Elementary – 11/2
Konawaena Elementary – 11/2
Hilo Intermediate – 11/3
Holualoa Elementary – 11/3
Hilo Union Elementary – 11/7
Ke Kula o Ehunuikaimalino – 11/7

Nov. 8–14, 2017

Honaunau Elementary – 11/8
Ke Kula Nawahiokalaniopuu Iki Lab PCS – 11/8
Kea‘au Elementary – 11/9
Kohala Elementary – 11/9
Kohala Middle – 11/9
Ka Umeke Kaeo PCS – 11/13
Waiakea Elementary – 11/13
Kalanianaole Elementary & Intermediate – 11/14
Kealakehe Elementary – 11/14

Nov. 15–21, 2017

Innovations PCS – 11/15
Mountain View Elementary – 11/15
Kahakai Elementary – 11/16
Pāhoa Elementary – 11/16
Pāhoa High & Intermediate – 11/16
Honoka‘a High & Intermediate – 11/17
Kea‘au Middle – 11/17
Pa‘auilo Elementary & Intermediate – 11/17
Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School – 11/20
Volcano School of Arts & Sciences PCS – 11/21
Waikoloa Elementary & Middle – 11/21
Waters of Life NCPCS – 11/21

Nov. 22–30, 2017

Waiakeawaena Elementary – 11/22
Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary – 11/27
Connections NCPCS – 11/28
Honoka‘a Elementary – 11/28
Waimea Elementary – 11/28
Haaheo Elementary – 11/29
Kanu o ka Aina NCPCS – 11/30
Kau High & Pahala Elementary – 11/30

December

Dec. 1–19, 2017

Waimea Middle PCCS – 12/1
Keonepoko Elementary – 12/6
Kealakehe Intermediate – 12/7
Ke Ana Laahana PCS – 12/8
Keaukaha Elementary – 12/8
Ho‘okena Elementary – 12/19

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