Floyd County ready to begin H1N1 vaccinations of school children

By Chris McGill - bio | email
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NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - H1N1 vaccinations are scheduled to begin Monday in three New Albany-Floyd County schools. The schools, Mt. Tabor Elementary, Green Valley and Children's Academy of New Albany, have all seen high rates of absenteeism due to the H1N1 virus.

At a news conference Friday, Bill Briscoe, Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Operations, said that parents shouldn't be concerned about the vaccinations. "Many parents are going to want to come with their children and obviously we're not going to turn parents away these are their prized possession and we're going to try to accommodate that the best we can and try to answer questions on site also."

Students who have returned signed permission slips will begin receiving the nasal spray vaccine early Monday, but children with asthma and other certain medical conditions won't be able to participate due to the fact the nasal spray contains the live virus. They will have to wait until the next round of vaccinations arrive mid month. Women who are pregnant will also have to wait until the next round for the same reason.

"At this point we don't exactly know how much we'll be getting in the next phase which will hopefully, be the preservative free so we can go after the women who are pregnant which is an especially at risk group," said Dr. Tom Harris, Floyd Co. Health Officer.

700 doses of the nasal vaccine were delivered to Floyd County, much less than the expected 37,000 doses. 4,000 doses will be going to the three New Albany-Floyd County schools; the rest went to first responders. Dr. Harris says they expect the next phase of vaccines to arrive around October 15.

Parents are welcome to attend with their children on Monday when they receive their H1N1 vaccines. For more information parents can go to the New Albany-Floyd County School's website.

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