School Located 2009 H1N1 Vaccination Clinics Underway in Broome County

H1N1 School Base Clinics

BINGHAMTON, NYThe Broome County Health Department held its first H1N1 school located vaccination (SLV) clinics this week in the Harpursville and Deposit school districts. A total of 640 vaccinations were given between the two districts. 

A random selection process, vaccine supply, parental notification, and the size of the district were all contributing factors in determining which school districts would receive the vaccine first.
 
School districts began sending information packets home to parents last week. The packets contain important information about the type of vaccination clinic each school district will host for their student body. 
 
“Vaccination is the best protection against getting the virus,” health department officials said. The health department is urging all parents whose children are eligible to receive the vaccine to get vaccinated. Vaccination is not mandatory. Parental consent is required.
 
“I heard from parents how grateful they were that the clinic was made available to them. Due to the efficiency of the Health Department, the entire process from registration to inoculation took less than 10 minutes per student. It was a seamless operation,” said Kathy Wood, Superintendent for the Harpursville Central School District.
 
“As we receive the vaccine, we will be pushing it out to the public,” said Benjamin Krakauer, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Broome County Health Department. “When we receive a shipment of the vaccine, we’ll set up clinics to get it out to the priority groups established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” 
 
For more information about the H1N1 virus or for the most up to date information about H1N1 flu vaccine availability, visit the Broome County Health Department’s website at www.gobroomecounty.com/hd/flu or call their information line at 607.778.3331.

 

11/06/2009 - 1:00pm