Superintendent outlines MCS H1N1 vaccine plan - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Superintendent outlines MCS H1N1 vaccine plan

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Schools could soon be getting the Swine Flu vaccine for students.  Tuesday, Superintendent  Kriner Cash said the school had placed an order for 60,000 doses from the Shelby County Health Department.

According to Cash, the goal is to help prevent the spread of the virus.  Parents will be asked to fill out consent forms granting their children permission to receive the vaccine.

Once the vaccine arrives, school officials say they plan to make it available to younger children and mothers in the district who are most susceptible to H1N1.

"They will come prepackaged," Deputy Superintendent Irving Hamer said. "We've worked out the storage for the vaccine and as soon as they arrive we'll be administering the vaccines at school at our health clinics."

The district is not exactly sure when it will get the vaccine.  Once the H1N1 vaccine arrives, it will be administered by nurses and healthcare providers.

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