Collier begins vaccinating its children for swine flu

Lee County ready to offer H1N1 vaccines

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Collier County

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 to 11:15 a.m. and afternoon clinics from 12:15 to 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. to 3:20 p.m., except as noted. High schools will hold morning clinics from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and all-day clinics from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The following are the dates for the vaccination clinics:

Today: 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: 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: 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: Manatee Elementary School and Everglades City School will have clinics in the morning; Manatee Middle School will have a clinic in the afternoon.

Tuesday: 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.

Lee H1N1 clinics

The Lee County Health Department hoped to start H1N1 swine flu vaccination clinics for high-risk populations on Monday, Oct. 26. However, the clinics are delayed until Thursday.

The clinics are at Lee County high schools.

The high-risk populations who are recommended to come to one of the clinics are pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers of infants under 6 months old, people between 6 months and 24, health care workers 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:

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. South Fort Myers and Mariner high schools

Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Island Coast High School

Monday: 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

— Swine flu vaccinations began Tuesday at four elementary schools in Collier County and the schools received consent forms from 45 to 50 percent of the students, according to a spokeswoman for the Collier County Health Department.

“It went fairly well,” Paula DiGrigoli said. “They got more than expected. They were expecting consent forms from 40 percent (of parents) but got 45 to 50 percent, which is great.”

The higher turnout on Tuesday means the health department plans to add more staff at the schools today, she said.

“All the kids did fairly well,” she said. “And we had a couple of parents present.”

The school vaccines are for students only and not the public. The health department has yet to develop a clinic schedule for other high-risk populations and the general public.

The vaccinations are being done in a school’s media room due to the need to have computer connections to enter data, she said. Students come in for the vaccines by classroom.

Vaccinations for swine flu, or H1N1, were given at four schools Tuesday: Poinciana and Corkscrew elementary schools in the morning and Lake Park and Estates elementary schools in the afternoon.

Because the nurses got a late start at Estates Elementary, they will return to the school another day but it hasn’t been decided yet on what day, she said,

Data won’t be available for a few days with a breakdown of how many parents wanted their child to get the FluMist nasal spray or the injection, she said.

The plan is for the health department to be in four schools each day to administer about 1,100 vaccinations per day, said Deb Millsap, another health department spokeswoman.

Some schools may have greater participation rates than others, and concerned parents are allowed to be with their child when the vaccination is given, Millsap said.

Each school has one team of four nurses providing the vaccinations. Because of higher than expected turnout, three more nurses will be added to each team. The H1N1 immunizations are free.

The media was prohibited by the Collier County School District to visit any of Tuesday’s vaccination clinics in schools and that will be the case as the clinics continue through Dec. 2.

H1N1 vaccinations in Lee County will begin Thursday.

Several pediatricians in Naples have said they are seeing flu-symptoms in many children and it is presumed to be H1N1 flu as opposed to seasonal flu.

Florida is among 46 states that are reporting widespread flu activity to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Collier County likewise is reporting widespread activity to state authorities.

The state health department reports that three people in Collier and 29 in Lee have been hospitalized since tracking of H1N1 began this past spring.

There have been no influenza deaths among adults or children in Collier. In Lee, four adults have died from swine flu. Statewide, 132 people have died from H1N1.

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

Parents are advised to go to the Collier 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.

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