Monday, August 17, 2009

Free Flu Shots For Elementary Students

From HoCo schools:

The Howard County School System, in partnership with the Howard County Health Department, is offering free seasonal Flu Mist vaccine to elementary students, with parent permission. Elementary school students have been identified as the "target" population because flu is so common in elementary school-age children and this age group often spreads infection to their family and community.

Dose 1 will be administered to students in one-half of the elementary schools on September 22, 2009 and to students in the remaining half of the elementary schools on September 24, 2009. Parents will receive more specific information from their child's school. Students under 9 years old, who are receiving flu vaccine for the first time or who only received one dose of flu mist previously, will need a second dose. This will be offered during the week of November 2, 2009. Seasonal Flu Mist will protect students against seasonal flu but does not protect against the H1N1 influenza.

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