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Swine Flu Shots Start, More Coming

Hundreds of parents took advantage of free vaccinations for their children recently as the Long Beach Unified School District began offering its first flu shot clinics to combat the H1N1 virus.

Additional clinics are planned for 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Wilson Classical High School, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at Millikan High School.  The Wilson clinic is for students ages 3 to 18.  The Saturday clinic at Millikan will serve adults and children.

Parents and guardians must accompany their children and sign consent forms in person.

The initial clinics this week were held by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services at Cabrillo and Jordan high schools.  The school district’s scheduling of additional clinics is dependent upon future shipments of the vaccine.  Large-scale distribution of the vaccine has been hampered by delays nationwide.

At the first clinic, all 1,900 or so people who lined up for a vaccination received one by day's end.

The school district has worked closely with the city’s Health Department to plan the local clinics.  LBUSD, however, is neither requiring nor recommending H1N1 vaccination for students but is simply hosting clinics for parents’ convenience.  Anyone with questions about the vaccine should speak with their doctor.

For more information about the H1N1 virus, visit www.longbeach.gov/health.

OUNCE OF PREVENTION — Garfield Elementary School student Juan Temores receives a swine flu vaccination from Katie Whittington, a student nurse from California State University, Long Beach.  Cabrillo High School hosted the free vaccination clinic, offered by the city’s Health Department.