Three students at a school in Maine were recently vaccinated against the flu without their parents’ consent, media reports reported.
A Northern Light Health spokesman, the medical group that conducts the vaccination, said the children were vaccinated “without full implementation or complete written consent.”
In a statement, the Sanford School District said Northern Light staff had not noticed that the vaccine samples had not been signed by the parents of three students. In one situation, the form was signed but crossed out and the student was still shot.
“The situation has prompted us to reevaluate and re-test our future flu shots,” said District Superintendent Mark Nelson.
In a post on social media, a parent said their child had been injected twice.
“I was very sad. I was sadder than anything,” George Kimball, the father of a 7th grade girl, told WCSH-TV.[My daughter] the paper in hand, she asked me if I would register her for the flu shot and I said no and she said I received it. “
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He said the girl was vaccinated on October 22. Nelson says about 300 students in the district have been vaccinated.
Students are required to bring a flu shot authorization form at the beginning of each school year. Kimball said NorthernLight had apologized and said someone would contact him. He has yet to receive a response, according to the newspaper.