HARRISBURG—The Harrisburg School District has released a schedule for H1N1 vaccinations, which are being provided free of charge to students in the Harrisburg School District. The vaccinations will begin Saturday and continue for four weeks.
Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed says Harrisburg is the only school district selected to distribute the vaccine the region. A sufficient quantity is available to handle all city students, he says.
The vaccine being distributed is FluMist, which is squeezed into the nasal passage and requires no needles.
The district is encouraging all students to voluntarily take the vaccine, as children and young adults are considered one of the highest at-risk groups for the influenza, previously known as "Swine Flu". For high school students, they only need to present a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian. For elementary school students, parents and guardians are asked to accompany their child and also sign the permission slips.
Students who are currently sick, or have asthma, food allergies, or experienced previous adverse reactions to vaccinations should not receive the vaccine, unless their primary care provider determines it is okay to do so.
The schedule for the H1N1 vaccine clinics for city students is:
- October 24th at John Harris Campus (open to Harrisburg School District Students only)
- October 27th at Foose School
- October 28th at Ben Franklin School
- October 29th at William Penn CTA
- October 30th at Lincoln School
- November 3rd at Sci-Tech High School
- November 4th at Camp Curtin School
- November 5th at Steele School
- November 6th at Rowland School
- November 9th at Melrose School
- November 10th at Scott School
- November 12th at Downey School
- November 13th at Hamilton School
- November 16th-20th at parochial schools October 31st at Camp Curtin Clinic (open to Harrisburg School District Students only)