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Schools start H1N1 vaccinations

TRI-COUNTY AREA—Even with shortages of the H1N1 inoculations, area schools are starting to offer clinics for the youngest students within the districts.
Dundee Central School offered the first inoculation in the area, Friday, Nov. 13.
Penn Yan Superintendent Ann Orman said they hope to have the clinics later this week, but are still waiting on enough doses first. She said parents should have gotten the first date sent to them Tuesday evening.
Hammondsport superintendent Kyle Bowers said the district does not know when the first clinic will be. He explained the county will notify Hammondsport two to three days before the clinic will be held. However, in the mean time, the county is still waiting for enough vaccinations to arrive. He added that who will get the first inoculations is still being decided.
Odessa-Montour also held their first vaccination clinic, Friday, Nov. 13. Watkins Glen held one Monday, Nov. 16. O-M Superintendent Jim Frame explained the first inoculations were offered to Pre-K students and the youngest students who might suffer health complications if infected with the swine flu virus. Superintendent Tom Phillips said Watkins would proceed the same way and moving up through the grade levels as more inoculations become available. He added that any students that miss getting the inoculation when it is offered the first time to that grade level, will have the chance to get it during the following rounds of inoculations.
However, the school superintendents can not say for sure how often the inoculations will be offered because of the shortage of doses. Inoculations will only be given to students whose parents filled out and returned a consent form to the school. The schools have been working with the county public health departments to bring the vaccinations to the schools.

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