125 Schools Get H1N1 Vaccine

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

School nurses will begin to inoculate New York City elementary school students with the swine flu vaccine Wednesday.

The first phase of the city's vaccination plan targets 125 public elementary schools with student populations of 400 students or less, according to the city health department's website.

“We have 40,000 doses set aside for the first wave of schools, which we feel should be adequate,” Dr. Thomas A. Farley told The New York Times.

The city's next round of inoculation takes place November 4, when nurses will administer the vaccine at elementary schools with populations of 600 or more students.

The city health department makes its third and final round to elementary schools November 9, to schools with between 400 and 600 students. Nurses will also stop November 9 at small elementary schools attached to larger schools, and elementary schools that don't have their own nurses.

In all, the city health department plans vaccinate one million students at 1,342 elementary schools.

There is no schedule in place for a full-blown inoculation of middle and high school students, but the city does have plans to offer free swine flu vaccinations on the weekends.

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