Bear River Health Department starting H1N1 clinics in schools

The Bear River Health Department in partnership with the Cache, Logan, Box Elder and Rich County School Districts will begin H1N1 school vaccination clinics this week. Each school will be assigned a date and time for their respective clinic. Information including the consent form will be sent to every student’s home in the Cache, Logan, and Box Elder school district this week. “We want to make sure every family has an opportunity to receive this vaccine for their children. The decision to do so is left completely in the hands of the parents. ” Said Marshal Garrett Superintendent, Logan City School District ” It is important that families review the health department and CDC websites to assist in making the best decision for their families” A schedule of clinic days and times were included in the Logan and Box Elder mailings. Cache school district will be determining their clinic schedule on a weekly basis. Parents of children who attend schools in the Cache School District can refer to the district website at www.Ccsdut.org “Every student in the Cache County School District will be given the opportunity to receive this vaccination in an efficient, professional and non-threatening manner.” Said Steve Norton, Superintendent, Cache School District. ” We recognize that not all patrons will choose to take advantage of this offer and we will respect the individual discretion exercised by families. Only students who provide written consent from their parents/guardians will be given the vaccination.” he continued. The shot will be administered only to children enrolled at the school and the faculty; however parents are welcome to attend the clinic with their child. This is not a mandatory shot and it is free. Vaccinations will not be given without a completed and signed parent consent form. Children 9 years old and younger need two doses of the vaccine spaced about 21 days apart. A second clinic for these children will be scheduled at the schools in the coming weeks. If children are ill on the day their school clinic is scheduled or at any other time please keep them home. “We appreciate the schools hard work and patience in making these clinics happen. These children are a large number of the high risk populations and we need to protect them.” said Lloyd Berentzen, Health Officer, Bear River Health Department. “We hope providing school clinics will be helpful for parents who would like to have their children vaccinated.”For more information about school clinics please visit the School District websites at:Cache www.ccsdut.orgLogan www.loganschools.org

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