Collier School District announces swine flu vaccinations for all students

The Collier County School District will offer vaccinations to all students starting Tuesday through Dec. 2. Elementary schools will hold morning clinics from 8:45-11:15 a.m. and afternoon clinics from 12:15-2:30 p.m., except as noted. Middle schools will host all-day clinics from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and afternoon clinics from 12:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m., except as noted. High schools will hold morning clinics from 8-11:30 a.m. and all-day clinics from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The following are the dates for the vaccination clinics:

Tuesday, Oct. 26: Poinciana and Corkscrew elementary schools will have clinics in the morning; Lake Park Elementary School and Estates Elementary School will have clinics in the afternoon.

Wednesday, Oct. 27: Palmetto Elementary School and Golden Terrace Elementary School’s north site will have clinics in the morning; Corkscrew Middle School and Golden Terrace Elementary School’s south site will have clinics in the afternoon.

Thursday, Oct. 29: Sabal Palm and Pelican Marsh elementary schools will have clinics in the morning; Cypress Palm Middle School and Osceola Elementary School will have clinics in the afternoon.

Friday, Oct. 30: Golden Gate Middle School will have a clinic all day; Tommie Barfield Elementary School will have a clinic in the morning; Marco Island Charter Middle School will have a clinic in the afternoon.

Monday, Nov. 2: Manatee Elementary School and Everglades City School will have clinics in the morning; Manatee Middle School will have a clinic in the afternoon.

Tuesday, Nov. 3: Eden Park Elementary School will have a clinic in the morning; Immokalee Middle School will have a clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and Big Cypress Elementary School will have a clinic all day.

Wednesday, Nov. 4: Lely High School will have a clinic in the morning; Parkside and Lely elementary schools will have clinics in the afternoon.

Thursday, Nov. 5: Palmetto Ridge High School will have a clinic all day.

Friday, Nov. 6: Gulf Coast High School will have a clinic all day.

Tuesday, Nov. 10: Lake Trafford Elementary School will have a clinic in the morning; Immokalee High School will have a clinic all day; Immokalee Middle School will have an alternate clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 12: Gulfview Middle School will have a clinic all day; Golden Gate Elementary School will have a clinic in the morning; Golden Gate Intermediate School will have a clinic in the afternoon.

Friday, Nov. 13: Sea Gate Elementary School will have a clinic in the morning; Pine Ridge Middle School will have a clinic all day.

Monday, Nov. 16: Shadowlawn and Laurel Oak elementary schools will have a clinic in the morning; Avalon and Vineyards elementary schools will have clinics in the afternoon.

Tuesday, Nov. 17: Highlands and Pinecrest elementary schools will have a clinic in the morning.

Wednesday, Nov. 18: Lorenzo Walker Technical High School and Calusa Park Elementary School will have a clinic in the morning; East Naples Middle School will have a clinic in the afternoon.

Thursday, Nov. 19: Barron Collier High School will have a clinic all day.

Friday, Nov. 20: Golden Gate High School will have a clinic in the morning; Mike Davis Elementary School will have a clinic in the afternoon.

Monday, Nov. 23: Naples High School will have a clinic all day.

Tuesday, Nov. 24: Veterans Memorial Elementary School will have a clinic in the morning; North Naples Middle School will have a clinic in the afternoon.

Monday, Nov. 30: Naples Park Elementary School will have a clinic in the morning; Oakridge Middle School will have a clinic all day.

Wednesday, Dec. 2: Village Oaks Elementary School will have a clinic from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The earliest the Lee County Health Department will start H1N1 swine flu vaccination clinics for high-risk populations is on Monday.

However, the clinics could be delayed until Oct. 29.

The clinics are at Lee County high schools.

The high-risk populations who are recommended to come to one of the clinics are children younger than 5 and adults 65 and older, pregnant women and people who have cancer, blood disorders, chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disorders, liver disorders, neurological disorders, neuromuscular disorders and weakened immune systems.

Clinic schedule:

Monday, Oct. 26 - 4 to 9 p.m. Lehigh Senior and Cape Coral high schools

Tuesday, Oct. 27 - 4 to 9 p.m. Dunbar and North Fort Myers high schools

Wednesday, Oct. 28 - 4 to 9 p.m. East Lee County and Cypress Lake high schools

Thursday, Oct. 29 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. South Fort Myers and Mariner high schools

Saturday, Oct. 31 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Island Coast High School

Monday, Nov. 2 - 4 to 9 p.m., Lehigh Senior High and Fort Myers high schools

Tuesday Nov. 3 - 4 to 9 p.m., Estero High and Island Coast high schools

Wednesday, Nov. 4 - 4 to 9 p.m., East Lee County and North Fort Myers high schools

Thursday, Nov. 5 - 4 to 9 p.m., Mariner and Fort Myers high schools

Saturday, Nov. 7 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., South Fort Myers High School

Monday, Nov. 9 - 4 to 9 p.m., Cape Coral and Lehigh Senior high schools

Tuesday, Nov. 10 - 4 to 9 p.m., Estero and East Lee County high schools

Thursday, Nov. 12 - 4 to 9 p.m., Island Coast and Riverdale high schools

Saturday, Nov. 14 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dunbar High School

Monday, Nov. 16 - 4 to 9 p.m., Lehigh Senior and Cape Coral high schools

Tuesday, Nov. 17 - 4 to 9 p.m., Island Coast and Riverdale high schools

Wednesday, Nov. 18 - 4 to 9 p.m., Fort Myers and East Lee County high schools

Thursday, Nov. 19 - 4 to 9 p.m., Estero and Lehigh Senior high schools.

Saturday, Nov. 21 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., South Fort Myers High School

— Collier County parents and students need to get ready for vaccination against the H1N1 swine flu starting Tuesday and continuing through Dec. 2 with clinics being held at each school in the district.

The Collier County Health Department is working with the school district to offer free H1N1 vaccine to students, where they would be given the option of the nasal FluMist or the injectable form of the vaccine, said Deb Millsap, spokeswoman for the health department.

“We were given a rough number of 50,000 school students,” she said, adding that the school vaccination clinics will be open to all students.

Parents are advised to go to the school district’s Web site for information at www.collierschools.com and a direct link to the schedule is at www.collierschools.com/parents/swineflu.asp.

Ideally kids and others between 2 and 49 who are healthy are advised to get the FluMist, Millsap said. Kids seem to prefer the nasal mist but there are parents who may prefer they get the shot, Millsap said.

The health department expects to give a maximum of 7,200 doses of vaccine out each week to students, yet it depends on how many parents sign the required consent forms.

“We don’t have a feel quite yet on that because the first deadline for consent is (today),” Millsap said.

The health department is receiving allotments of both FluMist and the injectable vaccine and that will increase each week as time goes on.

“We were told it would trickle in at first, at a couple thousand doses,” she said.

Collier school district spokesman Joe Landon didn’t have figures for absenteeism in recent days but said absenteeism last week was running normal.

In Lee County, swine flu clinics at schools initially will only be for high-risk children identified by age or existing health factors by the Lee County Health Department.

The district does not plan to offer vaccinations to the general student population, said Lee County School District spokesman Joe Donzelli. Parents with children who do not fall into the high-risk category need to make plans with their own heath-care providers to get their children vaccinated, he said.

Meanwhile, the clinics scheduled at Lee high schools are being delayed again because of unexpected shortages in the vaccine’s availability, Lee County School Board members learned Tuesday.

“This is a moving target,” Donzelli told the board. “We were intentionally going to start this project yesterday and it was going to run five weeks.”

On Oct. 9, health department officials told the Lee district to push the date back another week, and more recently said it would potentially be delayed another three days.

An updated draft schedule given to the board Tuesday called for the first vaccinations to be delivered at Cape Coral High School and Lehigh Senior High School Oct. 26, but that schedule will be altered again, Donzelli said.

“When the program actually starts, our schools are going to serve as a venue for these clinics,” Donzelli said. “Hopefully, we can start the 29th.”

Children and young adults are particularly at risk for H1N1 infection. Since April, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control report 86 confirmed pediatric H1N1 deaths and many more children have been hospitalized.

The U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that children and young adults aged six months through 24 years old be vaccinated.

For more information, call the Florida Flu Line at (877) 352-3581.

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