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Why This Year’s Flu Shot Is Important For Your Child During COVID-19?

Head of School Jim Brewer - Flu Shot Clinic 2020


by Jen Merino, Health Specialist


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, this fall and winter is more important than ever. Head of School Jim Brewer connected with McGillis parent and Assistant Professor of General Pediatrics Dr. Elizabeth Smith to discuss why the flu vaccine is especially important this year, how we differentiate between flu and COVID-19 symptoms, the differences between and the nasal and injectable flu vaccine, and other important facts as we approach flu season. 



We’re grateful to the 287 community members who received a flu vaccination this year at the McGillis flu shot clinic -- that's nearly double last year's participation!  


The CDC recommends getting a flu vaccination by the end of October, however, getting vaccinated anytime during the flu season can help protect you. We hope all students receive a flu vaccination this fall. Check out the Vaccine Finder, to help find a convenient location for your family to get vaccinated in Salt Lake City. 

Everyone has a critical role in keeping our students learning on-campus and we appreciate our community’s ongoing commitment to keeping our kehilah healthy.