Archive for Monday, November 9, 2009

School districts begin H1N1 flu vaccinations

November 9, 2009, 5:13 p.m.

Updated: November 10, 2009, 4:35 p.m.

Although absences in the De Soto and Shawnee Mission school districts are back to a normal rate for this time of year, both districts continue steps to fight the H1N1 flu.

De Soto USD 232 has begun its efforts, sending home consent forms to elementary school students in advance of vaccination clinics in district schools.

Clinics began Monday at Countryside Learning Center and Starside Elementary, where pregnant staff, preschool students and students with underlying health problems received a dose of the vaccine.

“Things went very well,” said Alvie Cater, USD 232 director of communications. “We were able to finish the vaccines ahead of schedule. Parents appreciated the option to get the vaccine, and we’re happy with how it went.”

Cater said the district anticipates vaccinating about 300 staff and students this week.

On Tuesday, the same priority groups received vaccines at Clear Creek and Horizon elementary schools. On Wednesday, students and staff in the priority groups from Prairie Ridge Elementary will receive vaccines. On Thursday, the vaccine will be available for those groups at Mize and Riverview.

Each vaccine clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents are welcome to accompany their students to the clinic. Children under 10 years old will need to receive a second dose of the vaccine approximately 28 days after the first dose. School nurses will contact families when the second dose is needed.

Phase two of the district’s plan is to begin offering H1N1 vaccines to middle and high school students with underlying medical conditions as soon as more vaccine is available.

Cater, said consent forms are expected to be sent home with middle and high school students this week.

Phase three of the district’s plan consists of offering the vaccine to students and staff that do not fall into priority groups. A date for phase three will be announced as soon as additional vaccines are available.

In Shawnee Mission USD 512, vaccinations began Friday for students with high-risk medical conditions and pregnant staff.

Leigh Anne Neal, director of communications, said the district collected consent forms for all students wanting the vaccine.

The district has sorted through the forms to determine what students fit in the priority groups, Neal said.

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