Updated
December 27th, 2018

Flu Shots Now Mandatory for Connecticut Pre-K Students

Pre-K students required to prove influenza vaccination in Connecticut

kindergarten students in class

Pre-K students in Connecticut will need to verify they received a flu shot prior to starting class in 2019. 

The Connecticut State Department Of Public Health (DPH) says a new law requires students between the ages of 2 and 4 years old to be immunized against the influenza virus, reports WTHN.   

And, if a student did not get a flu shot during 2018, the child will not be able to attend public school in Connecticut for the duration of influenza season (March 31st) or until they receive at least one dose of the influenza vaccine. 

But, if a parent has a signed statement from a healthcare provider showing that the child has a future flu shot appointment already scheduled, they will be admitted to class. 

This law also has a religious exemption available for qualifying students. 

“Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death,” according to DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino.  

“Flu vaccines are safe and effective.” 

“The single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated – either by the flu nasal spray or injection,” said Dr. Pino in a press release. 

“People should talk to their doctor or pharmacist about getting a flu vaccination for themselves and other family members,” he stated. 

This is important news since there were 185 pediatric deaths reported during the 2017-18 flu season.   

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Moreover, 7 influenza-related pediatric deaths have already been reported this flu season. 

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Recent influenza-related news:

In the USA, antiviral medications and various flu vaccines are available in most pharmacies.

The CDC Vaccine Price List provides the private sector vaccine prices for general information.

And, flu vaccine discounts can be found here.    

Vaccines, like any medicine, can have side effects. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of vaccines to the CDC.