The Clay County Health Department sent a packet home with students in the Clay Community School Corporation regarding the delivery of the H1N1 influenza vaccine Thursday.
The department has scheduled to visit all county schools next week. The schedule for vaccine clinics includes:
* Monday, Oct. 26 -- Van Buren Elementary, 9-11:30 a.m.,
* Monday, Oct. 26 -- Jackson Township Elementary, 1:30-5 p.m.,
* Tuesday, Oct. 27 -- East Side Elementary, 9-11:30 a.m.,
* Tuesday, Oct. 27 -- Forest Park Elementary, 1:30-5 p.m.,
* Wednesday, Oct. 28 -- Clay City High School, 9-11:30 a.m.,
* Wednesday, Oct. 28 -- Clay City Elementary, 1:30-5 p.m.,
* Thursday, Oct. 29 -- Staunton Elementary, 9-11:30 a.m.,
* Thursday, Oct. 29 -- North Clay Middle School, 1-5 p.m.,
* Friday, Oct. 30 -- Meridian Elementary, 9-11:30 a.m., and
* Friday, Oct. 30 -- Northview High School, 1-5 p.m.
There are also two evening clinics scheduled, including:
* Tuesday, Oct. 27 -- Forest Park Elementary, 6-8 p.m., and
* Thursday, Oct. 29 -- North Clay Middle School, 6-8 p.m.
All vaccinations will be provided by the Clay County Health Department under the direction of Dr. S. Rahim Farid.
The vaccinations are free for all students. Vaccines will be available to all school-age children 5-older. A parent must be present for students in grades preschool-fifth-grade. Another adult may bring them or come with them at school if they have a consent form signed by the parent and permission to be with the student during the vaccination.
According to the information provided by the health department, children ages 9-under are expected to need two doses of vaccine spaced a minimum of 28 days apart.
Students were given a vaccine consent form, which the health department said must be completed in order for children to receive the vaccination. A consent form was attached in the packet.
According to the information, the health department intends to use "inactivated (shot) for preschool-fifth-grade, nasal mist or shot will be given to 6-12 grade students."
The information also stipulated that the vaccination will not be administered to anyone who has a fever, is allergic to eggs or any other component of the vaccine, or anyone who needs to be restrained.
The information added more opportunities to receive the H1N1 vaccine would be available in the community. Additional information regarding the H1N1 vaccine was attached to the packet.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that children and young adults aged 6 months through age 24 be vaccinated against H1N1.
For more information about the vaccine or the vaccination clinics, call 448-9019 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For additional information about H1N1, log on to www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/parents.