September 19, 2017

The Influenza season is early this year. Please see the Maine CDC Health Alert below.

  • Wells High School will hold a student flu vaccine clinic on September 26 after students have been called down for their pictures.  
  • Students must have, or passed in a signed parent/guardian flu vaccine permission form . Vaccination is by injection only.  Due to concerns about its effectiveness, live attenuated influenza vaccine (FluMist Quadrivalent; MedImmune) is NOT recommended for use during the 2017–2018 season.
  • WHS students ill or absent that day will be able to have their flu vaccine at a later date at the Nurse's office during study hall or lunch.
  • Seniors may come to the picture area or just see the nurse another day for vaccination.
  • Forms are attached at the bottom of this page. (scroll all the way down)
  • Call Mrs. Endsley WHS Nurse 641-6967 if any questions
  • Vaccine clinic at WJHS is scheduled for October 19 
  •                              WES is scheduled for October 5 
Students ill or absent on clinic days will have an opportunity to be vaccinated at a later date)

From: Maine Health Alert Network

Re: Early Start to Influenza Season in Maine    


Influenza has officially arrived in Maine. Multiple Maine hospitals reported influenza positive lab results in the last few weeks, including two PCR confirmed cases, one with foreign travel and one with no travel history. Both individuals tested positive for influenza A H3. One individual was hospitalized with influenza. The 2017-2018 influenza season officially begins on October 1, 2017, but individuals should NOT wait to get vaccinated as influenza is already present in the state. Both Influenza A and B strains are currently circulating nationally. The 2017-2018 quadrivalent influenza vaccine contains components of both A strains (H1 and H3) as well as two B strains (Yamagata and Victoria) and is likely to offer good protection. Quadrivalent vaccine is recommended for optimal protection, however if only trivalent vaccine is available the recommendation is not to wait and obtain the vaccine as soon as possible.


Just a reminder, any student who needs to carry an epinephrine pen or asthma inhaler for any reason needs to have the appropriate form filled out by primary medical provider and parent or guardian. The Asthma and Allergy plans can be downloaded from the "Forms" page. 

All other medications during the school day need to administered by the school nurse.  The medication permission form may also be found on the "Forms" page as well.

I am happy to fax any of the forms to the student's medical office after it is filled out and signed by the parent or guardian.

Best wishes for a safe and happy school year!

Pat Endsley MSN, RN NCSN



updated 9/13/17

Epinephrine Auto-Injector Options

School nurses advocate for equity in access to care for all students. As the new school year unfolds, students and families want to know how to access lifesaving medication in the event of anaphylaxis. NASN requested information for school nurses to provide to families. The information below is current as of September 20, 2017

Options for Access to Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

  • Generic/Branded Epinephrine Auto-injector -  Adrenaclick
  • EpiPen Products: My Epi Pen Savings card 
  •                                Paying for Epi Pen
  •  Auvi- Q: Auvi Q epinephrine device is back (It had been recalled a couple years ago.) It delivers the same dose as the Epi-Pen but has voice prompts much like                 an AED to guide the person through the administration. Auvi-Q Affordibility
  • Good Rx:  Plug in your medication  and zip code to shop around.  Prices vary widely by pharmacy!  (Check out the Adrenaclick)















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Patricia Endsley,
Sep 13, 2017, 3:55 PM
Patricia Endsley,
Sep 13, 2017, 3:54 PM