By Anne Forline
Gloucester City News
In accordance with New Jersey code N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.3, all pre-school students between the ages of two and 59 months are required to have a flu vaccination between September 1 and December 31, 2012.
The Gloucester City School District is urging parents to comply with the state law and have their children vaccinated against the flu by December 31 – and also provide written proof of the vaccination to the school nurse.
The district wants parents to understand that if a child does not receive the flu vaccination, the student will not be able to return to school after the winter break on January 2, 2013.
Flu vaccinations can be administered at a doctor’s office and many clinics, including:
The Minute Clinic at CVS on the Black Horse Pike in Runnemede; the Take Care Clinics at Walgreens in Deptford and Westmont; the Camden Health Clinic, 600 Market Street, Camden (856) 225-5128; and the Bellmawr Regional Health Center, 21 E. Browning Road, Bellmawr, (856) 931-2700.
The Bellmawr Regional Health Center has added a nurse to administer the flu vaccine on Friday, December 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. However, appointments are required.
The district is reaching out to parents who have not had their children vaccinated with daily Global Connect phone calls and also reminder letters.
If health insurance is an issue, then the parents are encouraged to call Community Outreach Coordinator, Maryann Woodruff at (856) 456-7000, ext. 3279.