Schools join fight against H1N1

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

Students in Oldham County Schools will have the chance to receive the H1N1 vaccine during school hours in December. 

Officials from Oldham County Schools and the Oldham County Health Department are partnering to provide the vaccine free of charge to as many residents as possible in the coming weeks.

Parents of Oldham County Schools students received a letter from Superintendent Paul Upchurch this week outlining vaccination clinics planned for students. 

Oldham County Schools will host vaccination clinics during school hours for middle and high school students. A consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian is required for the student to receive the vaccine.

Forms are due Nov. 25.

Clinics for middle and high school students are scheduled Dec. 1 at East Oldham Middle School, Dec. 2 at South Oldham middle and high schools, Dec. 3 at Oldham County middle and high schools and Buckner Alternative High School and Dec. 8 at North Oldham middle and high schools. 

Vaccination clinics for elementary and preschool students required a parent or legal guardian present. Students 9 years old and younger will require two doses of the vaccine separated by four weeks. 

Clinics for elementary and preschool students will be 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Clinics will take place Dec. 14 at Locust Grove Elementary for Locust Grove and Centerfield Elementary students; Dec. 15 at Kenwood Station Elementary for Kenwood Station, Crestwood and Camden Station students; Dec. 16 at Buckner Elementary for students of Buckner and La Grange Elementary and Oldham County Preschool; and Dec. 17 at Harmony Elementary for Harmony, Liberty and Goshen Elementary students. 

Health department plans walk-in clinic 

The Oldham County Health Department has been flooded with calls about the H1N1 vaccine, and appointments for a clinic scheduled this week are full.  

OCHD will host a walk-in clinic at 9 a.m. Nov. 14 until vaccines run out. The church is located at 1139 Commerce Parkway. 

The clinic is only available for the following initial target groups at this time (not necessarily in this order): 

• Pregnant women.

• Persons who live with or provide care for infants aged less than 6 months (e.g., parents, siblings, and daycare provider). 

• Health-care and emergency medical services personnel.

• Children and young adults 6 months to 24 years old. 

• People 25 – 64 years who have medical condition that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications. 


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