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WASD expands free H1N1 clinic

Published November 18. 2009 05:00PM

The Weatherly Area School District in coordination with the Pennsylvania Department of Health will be holding its final school clinic in November for students to receive the free H1N1 vaccine.

The vaccine is available to any Weatherly Area School District student enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12th. The vaccine may also be provided to older or younger siblings or to immediate family members who fall within one of the listed high-risk categories declared by the Centers for Disease Control. These include:

• Pregnant women

• People who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months of age

• Health care and emergency personnel

• Anyone from 6 months through 24 years

• Anyone from 25 through 64 years of age with any of the following chronic medical conditions: chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (excluding hypertension), renal, hepatic, cognitive, neurologic/neuromuscular, hematologic, or metabolic (e.g. diabetes) disorders; immunosuppression, including that caused by medication or HIV.

The clinic will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19 in the cafeteria of the Weatherly Area Middle School.

Consent forms, provided on site upon arrival, need to be completed by a parent or legal guardian on the day of the clinic.

A parent or legal guardian must be present for the vaccine to be given to anyone under 18.

Persons being vaccinated are asked to wear a short sleeved shirt.

Children ages 5 to 9 will need to receive a second dose of the vaccine at a later date and time, approximately a month after the first vaccine (Date and time to be announced).

Any questions regarding the clinic may be directed to Becky McFadden or Tracy Hernandez, Weatherly School Nurses at (570) 427-8687.

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