Memphis school district still hasn't received H1N1 vaccine - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis school district still hasn't received H1N1 vaccine

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - When temperatures drop, the threat of flu rises.

Memphis City Schools has developed an elaborate plan for fighting the flu, but its most important element is still missing.   

Nashville and Chattanooga have already immunized their student populations against the H1N1 virus.

And while Desoto County Schools received the vaccine more than two weeks ago, Memphis students are still waiting for their weapon against the virus.

Back in October, consent forms for the vaccine were posted on the Memphis City Schools Web site. But the 60,000 requested doses still haven't arrived.

The school district is closely tracking the daily roll call. Dr. Alfred Hall with MCS said that if attendance drops below 93 percent, they'll monitor whether the absences are due to illness.  

"We won't be able to diagnose whether they're H1N1 cases or not, but we continue to emphasize the same proactive measure," said Hall.

Measures include keeping students out of class until they've been fever-free for 24 hours. 

Hall said the flu season hasn't even peaked yet because of the recent mild weather.   

"We're just now beginning to get into some of the cooler days that are ahead, so, we don't want to let our guard down at this point," he said.

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