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'A success'

Friday, October 30, 2009

Taylor Schepper (left) receives her H1N1 Flu Shot from nurse Sue Anderson during Northview High School's H1N1 Influenza Vaccination clinic, Friday. The Clay County Health Department, delivered vaccinations to students within the Clay Community School Corporation throughout the week. [Order this photo]
* County Health Officer pleased with vaccine turnout at schools

Students at Northview High School stood in line patiently to receive either the inactive H1N1 injectable vaccine or the live attenuated H1N1 intranasal mist vaccine.

Freshman Taylor Schepper, daughter of Michell Hull, Brazil, didn't have a problem with the shot.

"It was alright," she said. "I didn't feel it, so it didn't hurt."

Clay County Health Officer Dr. S. Rahim Farid said the week was a success with the combined work of the community.

"There were two kids with some vomiting complications," Farid said. "It happens in (the elementary age) group."

Dr. Farid said the Clay County Health Department vaccinated approximately 2,000 students and teachers.

"We have had good cooperation with the (Clay County) Sheriff's Department, TransCare, and the Clay Community School Corporation administration," he said. "TransCare has been available all hours the clinic was in operation."

According to Dr. Farid, Clay County was the first in the seven-county area to distribute the vaccine to students.

"It was a joint effort between the Health Department and the school corporation," he said. "The school administration has been very cooperative."

The health department hired four extra nurses and Ivy Tech Community College nursing students from Greencastle volunteered.

High school students were required to have a signed permission slip and students in the elementary schools had to have parents with them.

After being vaccinated, the names were added to the Indiana Department of Health and students were required to sit for 10 minutes.

"We have had wonderful support from the community," Public Health Nurse Diane Dierks said.

Dr. Farid wanted to extend thanks to his staff and volunteers who worked diligently to provide the vaccines to students.

"It was a long week and they have spent a long time preparing for this," he said. "They did an excellent job."

According to Dr. Farid, the World Health Organization (WHO) is reporting that a second shot may not be needed for children under 9, but he is waiting for a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

When asked about people refusing to get the shot, Dr. Farid said he believes it is better to be safe than sorry.

"Some people may say it may not be necessary, but it's a precaution," he said.

Flu symptoms

The following is a list of symptoms that come with influenza, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

* Fever,

* Cough,

* Sore throat,

* Runny or stuffy nose,

* Body aches,

* Headache,

* Chills,

* Fatigue,

* Diarrhea, and

* Vomiting.

The CDC states it's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever. If someone is sick with flu-like symptoms, they should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

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Aren't people qualified to give shot's suppose to be wearing gloves ???

-- Posted by papagoober on Sat, Oct 31, 2009, at 9:17 AM

I would like to shout out a BIG THANX to Doc. Farid and the Clay Co. Health Dept.,and school corp for their wonderful volunteers and their time,they all worked dilegently tryin to get as many kids vaccinated as they could before running out.With this disease and the path it has taken in other communities,it is truly SCARY!I can't even begin to express that vacinating the kids this way,was a huge convience on parents and Dr. offices.KUDOS!I don't even want to think how many kids we missed during this process whether it may be to lack of permission slip sighned, or parents unsure of making of the shot.I can only take comfort in knowing that I as a parent of both elementary student and High School student made sure that I did what I could to help prevent my child's chance of getting this disease.I will continue to pray for those who lives are at risk for the horrible H1N1 virus.

-- Posted by westsidemom on Sun, Nov 1, 2009, at 1:02 AM

I have never had a nurse wear gloves when they administered a shot to myself or to my children for immunizations. Now taking blood is another story...

-- Posted by ilovescrapbooking on Sun, Nov 1, 2009, at 9:00 PM

OMgood god almighty thats my best friend right there lol i love u tay. man wen i tell her her pic is in the news shes gonna flip im mean look at that addorible face lol. xoxo samantha

-- Posted by foxychick2013@yahoo.com on Tue, Nov 3, 2009, at 2:06 PM

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