October 18, 2019
It is that time of year again when the flu season starts and time for all preschool students to receive their flu immunization. The flu is very contagious and spreads quickly in our preschool classrooms. For this reason, the CT State Department of Public Health has made it mandatory that all children over the age of six months and in a childcare or preschool setting must be immunized against the flu or they can not return to their childcare or preschool setting on January 2, 2020. Documentation of your child receiving the flu vaccine must be received by the school nurse as soon as possible. If by January 2, 2020 your child’s school nurse has not received documentation of having received the immunization, the student will be excluded from school. Children that are exempt from this must have a documented medical exemption from their pediatrician or a religious exemption in place with the school nurse.
Please keep in mind this is a very busy time for pediatricians, and it may take a few weeks to get an appointment. Plan ahead so that your child is not excluded from school. December 20, 2019 is the last day a school nurse will be able to accept documentation for the flu before your child is excluded on January 2, 2020. All schools are closed over winter break. Any student with an appointment scheduled in January will be excluded.
Included below is a list of local clinics that will be able to assist you in obtaining the flu immunization for you child. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school nurse or call the Office of Early Childhood at (203) 574-8024.
- Staywell Health Clinic: (203) 756-8021, you must be a patient and you need an appointment.
- St. Mary’s Children’s Health Clinic: (203) 709-7081, you must be a patient and you need an appointment.
- Community Health Center: (203) 574-4000, you need to make an appointment.
Thank you for working with the Office of Early Childhood to keep our students healthy and in school.
Maureen M. Bergin
Supervisor, Office of Early Childhood