We are passing along this important update we received from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health via the Lowell Health Department:
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education. Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19. Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing the COVID-19 vaccination efforts. DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.
We thank all of our families who have already received a flu vaccine, attended one of our flu vaccine clinics, and submitted proof of vaccination to your school nurse. While the flu vaccination is no longer required for students to attend school, DPH still strongly recommends getting a seasonal flu shot each year.