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Memphis City Schools to offer H1N1 vaccines to students

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) -  For the first time, the H1N1 flu vaccine will soon be made available for students of Memphis City Schools.

Public health officials offered their assurance the shot is safe as they announced the school system's plan Monday morning.

"The best way to protect your children from illness is to get them vaccinated," said Dr. Kenneth Robinson of the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department.

The city's school system has ordered 60,000 doses to be administered on campus.

"MCS is not vaccinating one single child," said MCS Deputy Superintendent Irving Hamer. "Health professionals are actually doing that work."

Hamer said the district will start inoculations with 14 schools this week.  After the first of the year, school officials hope to vaccinate 20 schools per week.  Before students are eligible for the shot, parents must sign and return a consent form.

Hamer said the schools with the most demand get top priority.

"The parents who have actually filled out consent forms in significant numbers will actually be receiving vaccine for their children sooner rather than later," he said.

Officials also addressed the threat the flue still poses.

"We are still in the midst of an H1N1 pandemic," Robinson said. "We fully anticipate seeing another wave."

Parents can get vaccinated at the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department.

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