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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Health Department and Cincinnati Public Schools are holding their first H1N1 school vaccination session on Tuesday.
The vaccination will be held at Winton Hills Academy on Winneste Avenue. It will be the first of many school vaccination sessions to take place over the coming weeks.
The goal is to immunize as many Cincinnati Public school students as possible. A signed consent form is required for students to receive the vaccination.
"We've been planning this day for months and we're thrilled to get nurses at the schools providing vaccinations," said Dr. Marilyn Crumpton, who heads the Cincinnati Health Department's School Health Program. "We're seeing a lot of flu illness at many schools. We have focused on treatment and these efforts will continue, however, the arrival of the vaccine offers us a new tool in our H1N1 prevention toolbox."
The Cincinnati Health Department received its first shipment of 4,630 doses of H1N1 vaccine and it will continue to arrive in batches over the coming weeks.
Flumist will only be given to healthy people ages 2 to 49 years. It will be administered first to high priority groups defined by the CDC, including health care workers and school-aged children.
Other high-risk groups, including pregnant women, children under 2 and those with underlying medical conditions such as asthma and diabetes, are not able to receive the Flumist form of the vaccine due to potential health risks. The Health Department will begin to administer the injectable H1N1 vaccine to these groups as it is received.
When the vaccine is in adequate supply, it will be offered to the general public.
More information is available at 513-357-7499 or www.cincinnati-oh.gov.
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