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Cincinnati students can get free H1N1 vaccine

By Regina Russo - bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Wednesday was the first day the federal government allowed ordering other H1N1 vaccine, and the Cincinnati Health Department is getting enough to vaccinate all Cincinnati students at the public, private and charter schools.

They're still waiting on the vaccine, but when it gets here they want to be ready. Consent forms at CPS were sent home with students last week.

"What we're asking them to send in consent forms, it's very cumbersome to kids to give parents forms to sign, we can't vaccinate with out consent form," said Rocky Merz with the Cincinnati Health Department.

Vaccinations will start Oct. 20.

"So we're going to be sending out teams of nurses rotating through each of the schools," said Merz.

The vaccine is voluntary, but the Health Department strongly encourages every child to get it. If they are afraid of shots, it's not problem.

"Most of immunizations are nasal form in a mist," said Nurse Holly Funk at Bond Hill Academy.

It should take about a month to get the vaccine to every student.

"It appears one vaccine is adequate, a booster for those less than 10 years old," said Dr. Marilyn Chambers, CPS' Medical Director.

Private schools and charter schools will work the Health Department on a case by case basis on getting their students vaccinated.

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