As outbreaks of measles prompt health emergencies in other states, Muncie Community Schools is taking a step to make sure every family in the district is able to protect its kids for free.
The district will partner with companies CareDox and Healthy Schools to provide free flu shots and vaccines.
According to the proposal, the district would set up times during the school day when kids would go to the clinic for about 15 minutes. Once there, they would hand in a consent form signed by their parents or guardians to a nurse and receive their immunization.
The contract says students have to show up with the form in hand to be able to be vaccinated. Emergency Manager Steve Edwards said this is the only way students can participate in the free program.
“They won’t be given a vaccination without parents’ consent,” Edwards said.
The program free to students and families regardless of insurance coverage,and is offered at no cost to MCS and some other school districts CareDox and Healthy Schools partner with.
Edwards said there is no set date for the program to begin, but he expects it to start next school year, possibly in the fall semester.