Children’s Wisconsin will be on site at four Milwaukee Public School locations the week of Nov. 9 to provide free flu immunizations. The City of Milwaukee Health Department is providing the flu immunizations, which will be administered by Children’s Wisconsin school nurses and Children’s Community Health Plan nurses.
The vaccines are available to all community members, regardless of insurance coverage, including children over 6 months of age as well as adults. No appointment or insurance is required. Interpreter services will also be available.
People who wish to receive a flu shot must fill out a vaccine consent form which will be available onsite. Masks are required and social distancing measures will be followed. Each school will have signs directing community members to the flu shot clinics.
The flu clinics will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations on the dates listed below.
“Protecting against the flu is more important than ever this year amid COVID-19, so we are trying to ensure there are fewer barriers to getting this year’s vaccination by bringing medical staff from Children’s Wisconsin to administer flu shots at these four MPS sites,” said Marlaina Jackson, acting commissioner of the City of Milwaukee Health Department.
“We wanted to offer these vaccines at locations that are convenient for families to help make sure our community stays as healthy as possible,” said Mark Rakowski, chief operating officer of Children’s Community Health Plan. “Getting the flu vaccination has a positive domino effect: it contributes to an individual’s health which in turn helps the overall health of the community and helps lower the risk of hospitalization.”
Health experts warn that the overlap of COVID-19 and influenza, both respiratory illnesses, could overburden the health care system, strain testing capacity, and increase the risk of catching both diseases at once.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots for everyone 6 months and older. These flu shots are available to anyone and are not limited to students and families of the MPS schools where the shots are administered.