Kennebunk High School

School Nurse

Karen Jenkins, RN, MPH

KHS Student Flu Vaccine Clinic October 29, 2018

Kennebunk High School will be having an influenza vaccination clinic on Monday, October 29, 2018. We will be partnering with VNA Home Health Hospice to provide our students this clinic.

Please read the both of the Vaccine Information Sheets and complete the Health Screen & Permission Form and return to the school by Wednesday, October 24th. Please fill out insurance information correctly. Although the vaccine is provided at no charge, there is a cost to administer the vaccine. All forms must be filled out completely. Children presenting with an incomplete form will not receive their vaccine. There will be no out of pocket cost.

You will be notified if there is a change in the planned dates of school flu clinics.

All clinics will have injectable vaccine. In addition, FluMist (nasal spray) may be available at some clinics. We cannot guarantee it for all clinics. Unless there is a contraindication to one type of vaccine, the nurse at the clinic will determine which type of vaccine to use for your child.

For information about flu and the vaccine go to,

For questions about the flu vaccine, call Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention (Maine CDC) at 1-800-867-4775, Monday – Friday 9a.m. – 5p.m.

For questions about the vaccine clinics at our school, please call the school nurse, Karen Jenkins, at 985-1110 X 4147. Completed forms can be mailed, dropped off at the school, or faxed to 207-985-3065. Or send a scan or image to Paper copies of forms are also available at the school.

Please be sure to complete and return the Health Screen & Permission form by October 24th!

New Immunization Requirements for Students Entering Grades 7 and 12

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education have revised the Maine School Immunization Requirements rule to now include meningococcal meningitis disease. These changes further align Maine’s immunization rules with current national recommendations to better protect the health of all Maine people. Meningococcal disease is a rare, but dangerous disease that strikes healthy young people without warning. It can affect all ages, but teens and young adults are at highest risk of getting the disease.

The following changes are effective for the 2018-2019 school year for all students attending a public or private school in the State of Maine:

One dose of meningococcal vaccine MCV4 (serogroups A, C, W, and Y) is required for all students entering 7th grade.

Two doses of meningococcal vaccine MCV4 are required for students entering 12th grade, with a minimum interval of 8 weeks between dose one and dose two. If the first dose of meningococcal vaccine was administered on or after the 16th birthday, a second dose is not required.

Attached please find the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on this new school immunization requirement. Contact your healthcare provider soon to schedule an appointment.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Jenkins, the school nurse, at

For further questions, please contact the Maine Immunization Program at (207) 287-3746 or (800) 867-4775 or by email at

Goals of the KHS School Nurse / Student Health Program:

To help support student to be healthy and ready to learn!

Position statement from the National Association of School Nurses about the Role of the 21st Century School Nurse.

Student Health Updates?

Does your child have any new or ongoing health concerns? Please contact the school nurse to discuss any health issues and how we can best support them during the school day.

KHS Nurse Contact Information:

Karen Jenkins

Kennebunk High School, 89 Fletcher St., Kennebunk, ME 04043

Phone: 207-985-1110 Ext. 4147, Fax: 207-985-3065


About Me:

I received my nursing degree from Simmons College and a Masters in Public Health degree from the University of New England. I am passionate about public health and especially about promoting the health of students. After many years as a school nurse with the Mt. Blue Regional School District in the Farmington area, I am excited to be working at Kennebunk High School!

In my free time, I enjoy reading, camping, movies, playing ukulele, and getting to know the Kennebunk area. I have 2 adult children and a cat named Leo. And I especially love walking on the beach with my Terrier mix, Jasper.