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Flu Shot Forms Coming Home
Friday, 04 December 2009

December 4--  Primary and elementary school students in the Vidalia City School System will have a chance to be vaccinated against the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus this month.

However, in order for your child to be vaccinated, the school must receive a permission slip.

"Information packets will be going home Monday and consent forms must be returned to the schools by Thursday, December 10.  If the consent form is not returned completely filled out, the student will not be able to receive the vaccine," says school nurse Connie Love.

Personnel from the Toombs County Health Department will be at Sally Meadows Elementary School to give the shots on Monday, December 14 and at J.D. Dickerson Primary School on Wednesday, December 16th.

Nurse Love reports that, so far, school attendance at the schools has not be seriously impacted by the flu this year and they'd like to keep it that way with the preventive vaccinations.

"Our attendance has been really stable, I think we've fought off a lot of the flu so far this year, and the Health Department recognizes young children this age are at risk for contracting H1N1 flu," she notes.

The shots are free and are not mandatory, but the schools must have signed parental consent forms to administer the vaccine.

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