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Parents Should Talk With Children Prior to School Vaccination Day

As the Marion County Health Department continues its school-based vaccination initiative, parents and guardians are encouraged to talk to their children, reassuring them with the importance of the vaccine and to answer their questions. It is also important students get good rest, eat a good meal and are in good health in preparing for the vaccination day.

Parents and guardians also are reminded that a completed consent form must be returned to the school by the due date. Consent forms that are not complete or turned in late may mean the student will not receive the vaccine. The consent forms are important for several reasons, including determining how much vaccine and which type of vaccine is needed at each school.

Those with questions can contact the Marion County Health Department Flu Helpline. The bi-lingual helpline is available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Information also is available at www.mchd.com.

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