The Press Newspaper
The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department will conduct clinics in the Oregon City Schools District to give H1N1, or swine flu, vaccinations in the next two weeks.
The clinics will be held on Oct. 26, 27, and November 4 during school hours.
On Monday, October 26, vaccinations will be given in the library of Fassett Middle School, and in the gyms of Starr and Jerusalem elementary schools.
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, vaccinations will be given in the libraries of Wynn and Coy elementary schools, and in the library of Eisenhower Middle School.
On Wednesday, November 4, vaccinations will be given in the old gym of Clay High School.
Volunteers will be screened, credentialed, and trained by the health department at the Volunteer Reception Center located at each site, according to Hal Gregory, assistant superintendent of the district.
Volunteers will be used to assist the health department and district personnel to check students in, administer vaccines, (injectable form), and provide after-care. Student identities will be verified using student ID’s, lunch cards, and/or principal rolodex pictures.
Consent forms and volunteer request forms will be distributed to students on Oct. 15 with a due date of Oct. 21.
Permission slips will be collected by teachers and given to the building nurses, who will forward them to nurse Cherie Sexton. Nurses will work together to develop master lists of students who will receive the vaccine.
An after-care area will be staffed by medical personnel to monitor student reaction and provide supportive care prior to returning to class.
The health department and the district will provide follow-up vaccines for the students nine-years-old and under who will require a two step vaccine.
Two students at Fassett Middle School, a sixth grader and eighth grader, were the first confirmed cases of swine flu in the district last month.
A forum on swine flu was held at Clay High School last month to address concerns about the illness. Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar, along with Lucas County Health Commissioner Dr. David Grossman, and Sexton had answered questions from the audience.
In Northwood, parents were notified last week that a middle school student had tested positive for the swine flu.