A Message From Your Northern Nurses
The US COVID public health emergency has been lifted and that means beginning in 2024 a shift away from federal funds for free COVID testing and vaccines, instead those costs will be handled through private insurance. Our school guidelines, with regard to infection control and preventing illness in school, have not changed. Please continue to keep students home for any sick symptoms. Please continue to report any positive COVID infections and Flu infections to your school nurse. Nursing will work with you and Administration to ensure that students home sick have excused absences. While COVID infection incidence is low, boosters are still reformulated for variants and recommended.
The Burlington County Health Department has announced their next round of immunization clinics. Please see the information HERE for times and location. Make sure if you are receiving mail from your Health Insurance program that you are promptly responding so you do not have a loss of health insurance coverage
NJ Family Care provides free or low cost insurance for children and their parents/guardians. For more information or to apply please visit www.njfamilycare.org.
When it's Flu Season
Q: When is it too late to get a Flu Shot?
A: When you’re sick from catching the flu
The Burlington County Health Department offers residents free seasonal flu vaccines, and many Doctor’s offices, Urgent Care Centers, and pharmacies like CVS & Walgreens also offer free or low-cost Flu shots.
The convergence of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the start of flu season means some people can become infected with both illnesses, as well as put more stress on an already stressed-out health system.
“While not as deadly or transmissible as COVID-19, influenza still sends at least 100,000 people to the hospital each year,” said Health Department Director Dr. Herbert Conaway in a statement. “Getting a flu shot also helps conserve potentially scarce health care resources during this pandemic.”
The vaccines will be available every Thursday at the BCHD (See flyer) starting on Sept. 24 through January at clinics throughout the county.
Where to get a Flu Shot in NJ https://www.nj211.org/get-flu-ready