What is included in a flu shot consent form?


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A flu shot consent form generally contains information about the child receiving the vaccine, screening questions for vaccine eligibility, and a consent and parental signature section, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A form also usually contains a vaccination record. Federal law does not regulate the requirements for a flu shot consent form.

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Schools use flu shot consent forms for school-located vaccinations. Since children often receive flu shots in a doctor's office, parents are reluctant to allow a vaccination to occur in a school-based setting, states the CDC. School administrators and vaccine providers need to discuss the format and content of the consent form with local and state officials, because there are no federal regulations for the form.

The consent form and the letter explaining the vaccination procedure are sent to parents via the child, through the mail and by email. The letter to parents must contain an explanation about why flu vaccines are important and recommended for children, and an announcement about the dates of the vaccine clinic, explains the CDC. A request for parental consent is on this letter, as well as the school contact information for parents or guardians to ask any questions or voice concerns.

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