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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Requirement for Flu Vaccination

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has removed 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



COVID-19 INFORMATION: Updated 9/2021



The Nurses of the Natick Public Schools are proud to adopt the Framework for 21st Century School Nursing, as outlined by NASN (National Association of School Nurses).

An image of the Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice as outlined by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN).

An image outlining the five pillars of 21st Century School Nursing Practice, created by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN).

NASN’s Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice (the Framework) provides structure and focus for the key principles and components of current day, evidence-based school nursing practice. It is aligned with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model that calls for a collaborative approach to learning and health (ASCD & CDC, 2014). Central to the Framework is student-centered nursing care that occurs within the context of the students’ family and school community. Surrounding the students, family, and school community are the non-hierarchical, overlapping key principles of Care Coordination, Leadership, Quality Improvement, and Community/Public Health. These principles are surrounded by the fifth principle, Standards of Practice, which is foundational for evidence-based, clinically competent, quality care. School nurses daily use the skills outlined in the practice components of each principle to help students be healthy, safe, and ready to learn.

Note: Images and supporting text are being used with permission granted by NASN.

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