The Philadelphia School District sent home a notice last Friday about upcoming H1N1 (swine) flu vaccinations. The notice, which has to be returned by Tuesday, advised that Philadelphia public school students in grades K through 12 would be offered the vaccine. Parents must approve the vaccines in writing by Tuesday, October 20, in order for their children to be eligible.
The vaccinations will be administered as a nasal spray, sometimes called Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV). The vaccination cannot be given to pregnant students and it is not recommended for students with asthma, sickle cell anemia, diabetes or other serious medical problems.
The vaccine is free.
Children 10 years of age or older will likely need only one dose of the vaccine, according to the notice, while those under the age of ten are expected to need two doses.
For more information about H1N1 (swine) flu, check out this web page from the CDC.