Monday, October 19, 2009

Hillsborough schools start swine flu vaccinations Tuesday
By SHERRI ACKERMAN | The Tampa Tribune

Published: October 19, 2009

TAMPA - The first swine flu vaccinations in Hillsborough County schools are scheduled for Tuesday and students at exceptional centers are first in line.

It's a day later than organizers originally announced, but officials needed more time, said health department spokesman Steve Huard.

"We wanted to make sure we had enough time for permission slips to go out and be signed, and to make sure we had enough of the vaccine," he said.

Students at Caminiti and LaVoy exceptional centers were scheduled to start receiving the H1N1 vaccine around 8:30 a.m., school officials said. Willis Peters and Eisenhower exceptional centers will follow.

Lopez exceptional center and D.W. Waters and Simmons career centers are scheduled for vaccinations on Wednesday and, if necessary, Thursday.

Next week, beginning Monday, Oct. 26, health department nurses will vaccinate middle and high school students during school hours. Students at charter and virtual schools, and those being home-schooled and enrolled in adult education can also get vaccinated.

Schools scheduled next week include Freedom, Newsome, Steinbrenner and East Bay high schools and Liberty, Randall, Martinez and Eisenhower middle schools.

On Tuesday and Wednesday. Oct. 27 and 28, elementary students accompanied by their parents or guardians can get vaccinated from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Leto, Jefferson and Armwood high schools, and at Bowers-Whitley Career Center.

All minor and exceptional education students must have a signed permission slip in order to receive the vaccine. Elementary students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


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