Morenci students to receive H1N1 flu shots 10.21.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci students are asked to wear short sleeves shirts to school Friday when nurses from the Lenawee County Health Department give inoculations for H1N1 influenza.

The flu vaccine are given at no cost and on a voluntary basis. Parents have the option of refusing the vaccination.

Morenci is first on the list of public schools scheduled for flu shots, although shots were given Monday at Adrian College and the process went well, said coordinator Jane Clark.

Vaccines will be given from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the middle school media center—serving both the middle school and high school students—and at the elementary school.

Children must have a completed permission slip and registration form. Forms were sent home with children but are also available on the school website (www.morenci.k12.mi.us). Because the inoculations are free, there is no need to fill out the insurance information section of the form.

Forms should be returned to the school Friday morning at the very latest.

Shots will also be given to staff members only if they qualify as part of five priority groups:

• pregnant women,

• people who live with or care for children younger than six months of age,

• health care and emergency medical service workers,

• people between the ages of 25 and 64 who have certain health conditions such as HIV, diabetes or heart or lung disease.

The fifth group recommended for vaccinations is children between the ages of six months and 24 years. Children nine years and younger are to receive a second shot. In Morenci, repeat vaccines will be given Nov. 20 at the elementary school.

This starts the second round of public school vaccinations, with the first round ending at Britton schools Nov. 18.

Also on Friday, inoculations will be given free to the public from 4 to 7 p.m. in the middle school office. This clinic is only for those who qualify as part of the five priority groups listed above.

Registration forms can be obtained at a school office.

Clark said there are no plans now to offer vaccines to the general public.

“We’ve been told there is a shortage,” she said.

Clark also said the health department currently has no accurate information about the incidence of H1N1 in the county.

“We know there is some,” she said, “but we don’t have a count.”

For additional information about the Morenci clinic, call the health department at 517/264-5215 or send e-mail to h1n1lenawee@hline.org.

Fulton County

The Fulton County Health Department is administering a limited number of vaccines only to members of the five priority groups listed above, and only by appointment.

Call the health department at 419/337-0915.

Additional information, including clinic times and locations, can be obtained at the health department website: www.fultoncountyhealthdept.com.

Remember the Three C’s:

Clean—Practice good and frequent hand washing

Cover—Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough into your elbow

Contain—Stay home if experiencing flu-like symptoms.

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